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What Cold War In Asia? An Interpretative Essay

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The phrase "the Cold War" refers to a narrative that was intended to and is supposed to summarize how we are to understand a geopolitical reality over the period of time running approximately from 1945 to 1991. This chapter reviews this narrative and what it is supposed to tell us. It tells us that the Second World War was a war that was started by Germany and Japan as aggressor nations that sought to conquer other nations. They did fairly well at first, but then resistance to them grew stronger. In 1941, both the Soviet Union and United States entered the war against Germany, and the coalition took on the name of the United Nations. The three countries in this alliance that were most significant militarily were the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union. They were called the "Big Three," and together they won the Second World War.

Keywords: Asia; Cold War; conquer; Germany; Great Britain; Japan; Second World War; Soviet Union; United Nations; United States

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