Empire and Cold War

The Roots of US-Third World Antagonism, 1945–47

  • Scott L. Bills

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The Second World War shattered and remade the world. Two great powers - the United States and the Soviet Union - warily confronted each other across the smoking ruins of Europe. But the end of war for Europeans prompted a surge of renewed struggle in colonial areas, as nationalist groups sought greater autonomy or independence. The weakened, tottering empires of Britain, France, and the Netherlands - their myths of military and racial superiority destroyed by the wartime line of march - were beset. American policymakers were no longer afforded the luxury of ignoring colonial problems as they began to fashion a new globalism to counter Soviet influence.


bibliography Britain Cold War colonialism empire Europe France Soviet Union Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) USA

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  • Scott L. Bills
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  1. 1.Stephen F. Austin State UniversityUSA

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