The us expected that a period of post-war cooperation with the soviets could be used to convince them to leave eastern europe true an alliance formed in 1949 by the nations of the united states, canada, iceland, norway, britain, the netherlands, denmark, belgium, luxembourg, portugal, france, italy, greece, and turkey. For five years during world war ii, indochina was a french-administered possession of japan on september 22, 1940, jean decoux, the french governor-general appointed by the vichy government after the fall of france to the nazis, concluded an agreement with the japanese that permitted the stationing. Throughout most of world war ii, the united states was finding and supporting allies in china and other southeast asian regions, including french indochina, to pose a threat to the japanese military wherever possible.
Following world war ii, a large part of the world was in the hands of european powers, established as colonies in the previous centuries as one of the nations that came out on top of the geo-political situation, the united states was looked to with hope by aspiring nationalist movements, but also. This was the largest and most expensive war ever, as well as the most difficult to settle the world remained politically unstable, major cities had been turned to rubble by bombings, and modern weapons combined with germany's attempt to exterminate entire religious and ethnic groups brought death to millions of people. For his part, joseph stalin deepened the estrangement between the united states and the soviet union when he asserted in 1946 that world war ii was an unavoidable and inevitable consequence of capitalist imperialism and implied that such a war might reoccur.
The war generated considerable social and political discord in the united states, massive disruption in vietnam, and was enormously costly to both sides vietnam endured physical destruction--ravaged battle sites, leveled factories and cities, and untold numbers of military and civilian casualties. Cold war, the open yet restricted rivalry that developed after world war ii between the united states and the soviet union and their respective allies the cold war was waged on political, economic, and propaganda fronts and had only limited recourse to weapons the term was first used by the. The soviet union installed communist governments in eastern europe after world war ii and interfered regularly to keep friendly rulers in power nazi germany overthrew multiple leaders in western europe and the balkans in world war ii.
Us-soviet alliance, 1941-1945 although relations between the soviet union and the united states had been strained in the years before world war ii, the us-soviet alliance of 1941-1945 was marked by a great degree of cooperation and was essential to securing the defeat of nazi germany. The united states should plan and hope for victory in war but also needs to think about how it could be defeated after all, america's potential adversaries are certainly doing so. The united states lost the vietnam war it lasted for twenty years, something the us never expected when it joined in the fight not only did the us lose the war and the country of vietnam to the communists, the us lost prestige in the eyes of the world. After japanese troops occupy vietnam during world war ii, the us military intelligence agency office of strategic services (oss) allies with ho chi minh and his viet minh guerrillas to harass japanese troops in the jungles and to help rescue downed american pilots. Instead of the united states dismantling its military after world war ii, as it had after every major conflict, the cold war facilitated a new permanent defense establishment federal investments in national defense affected the entire country.
The vietnam war was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam against south vietnam and its principal ally, the united states the conflict was. The emergence of the united states as a world superpower helped transform its perception in the world europe had been decimated by the war, nations in asia, africa, and south america that had. United states military spending has ballooned since world war ii, although americans have historically been reluctant to go to war the times's sam tanenhaus explains why.
The growing cold war was also the centerpiece of political events, even those not directly related to the united states and the soviet union there was a rise of nationalism in many parts of the world that did not have an explicit tie to either side in the cold war. The united states also paid a high political cost for the vietnam war it weakened public faith in government, and in the honesty and competence of its leaders indeed, skepticism, if not cynicism, and a high degree of suspicion of and distrust toward authority of all kind characterized the views of an increasing number of americans in the wake. After world war ii and the holocaust, the united states and the international community recognized that refugees and displaced persons merited special consideration and should be dealt with separately from immigrants, who are moving to a new country to seek a better life.