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August 23, 2017

Soviet Union

Sweden vs Russia: Cold War in The Making?

Sweden maintained a policy of neutrality throughout World War II. Although the fate of the great Scandinavian state was, in the very least, unclear at the beginning of the conflict, Sweden managed to maintain official political neutrality throughout it all. A combination of geopolitical location (the Scandinavian Peninsula proved to be fruitful during this period of global uncertainty) and successful diplomatic factors (realpolitik) during the unpredictable timeline of the Second World War allowed Sweden to sit through, in short, a Cold War.

Does the World Need a World Policeman?

If you attempt to argue that America lost this “war”, you would have little to no evidence. While it is true the Soviets in Russia during this time were the first to send a man into space, America was the first to step on the moon, planting the flag and showing superiority to Russia. Eventually, the Cold War fizzled down and America still held tightly onto its position in the world. Twelve presidents later, and America still grips tightly onto the fact that they are the world cop. But should they? Understand the fact that America, in recent times, cannot even keep their own government open.

Communism: Good or Bad?

But, just how does Communism attempt to make everyone equal by incorporating economic, social, and political policies? Pure communism, defined simply, can be identified through the classic cow example of looking at political corporations. If you have two cows, then your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk. However, this is not the case as the original ideas, the promising promises of communism, were erased as governments became overcome by greed. As communism in Russia became more and more, well put, corrupted, it morphed into something much more unfair, and unequal.

Presentation: The Rise of Richard Nixon

37th President Richard Nixon’s administration is one of the more interesting parts of American History. From his brash campaign for the senate against Helen Douglas to his cutthroat elections in 1960, 1968, and 1972, Richard Nixon manages to remain one of the more memorable presidents in the 20th century. Of course, everyone remembers Watergate, with polls putting him much lower than he should be based merely on that one topic. History isn’t fading, but the public opinion seems to be limited to one subject. This presentation, based from the A-Leveled AICE curriculum, is on the Rise of Richard Nixon, from his first political foothold in 1945 to his reelection as President of the United States in 1972. This was used in a classroom environment, hence the assignment.