They could not help but come into conflict.
The crucial question of the Cold War continued to be the problem of Germany, although much of the actual conflict took place on the periphery. By the s Soviet and American positions had hardened, and little change seemed likely. There are innumerous strands to the argument but one in particular holds most credibility due to the fact that Cold War has often been labeled The first emphasizes socio-economic conflict within each superpower blocs to varying degreesclaiming that it was primarily internal conflict that shaped the evolution of the Cold War rather the external superpower conflict.
Now, decades after the supposed conclusion of the Cold War although one can argue it persists within the institutions of the Westthe West finds itself in another protracted conflict with an ideology opposed to its fundamental beliefs: an ideology few are willing to name.
The Western European nations were self-governing and based on the western principles of capitalism and democracy, while the Eastern European nations were under Soviet communist control. The relationship between ideology and national security is often portrayed as an either-or proposition: either ideology or national interest motivates policymaking.
This is point at which domestic and foreign policies meet. Yet the ideological content went deeper than public rhetoric, since these were terms that had appeared in confidential government documents such as the Clifford-Elsey report throughout the preceding months.
Secretary of State George C.
Although the two sides were able to unite over the common enemy of Germany, after the War people in the United States started to remember their differences. Nowadays, the effects of this period can still be seen.
For Gardner, Johnson's intervention in Vietnam resulted from a deeply held belief in liberalism and an effort to promote American ideals abroad. Commemorating the fall of the Berlin WallGorbachev articulated his stance bluntly enough to convey that his views are widely held.
And in fact the literature has tended to portray the more aggressive side of the Cold War rivalry as the more ideological.