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What was the strongest country in the western bloc during the cold war?it is a social...

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shamequeonna | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 27, 2009 at 2:24 PM via web

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What was the strongest country in the western bloc during the cold war?

it is a social studies question and its not in the book

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 28, 2009 at 12:53 PM (Answer #2)

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The nations of Western Europe were not commonly referred to as the 'western block'. The term 'block' was used to describe the divide between the nations that fell to Communist domination, post World War II and those that did not, commonly referred to as the 'Eastern Block'. Having said that, and to answer your question as I have interpreted it, the most powerful nation in Western Europe during the Cold War was Great Britain. If your answer goes further to the west, it would also include The United States.

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted January 28, 2009 at 12:53 PM (Answer #3)

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The Western powers preferred to refer to themselves as the "free world" rather than the Western bloc.

Unquestionably the strongest country was the United States, which was the only Western superpower.  The European NATO allies were all working to recover from World War II, and the US took on the lion’s share of the costs of defense for its European allies. The US was vastly stronger at this time politically, economically and militarily. In addition to direct defense costs, the US also financed the bulk of Western strategic aid to other parts of the world during this time.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 29, 2010 at 7:59 PM (Answer #4)

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If I look at the Western Bloc as the countries in NATO, and I ignore for the moment the United States as the strongest military power in the alliance, the strongest country in Europe itself would be West Germany, in my opinion.  They were on the front lines (so to speak) facing off against the Warsaw Pact's massive armies, so they responded in kind by both allowing hundreds of thousands of foreign troops to be based there, and kept their military at cutting edge strength.  Their economy was also the largest in Europe even before reunification.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM (Answer #5)

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Are you talking about the opposite of the Eastern bloc? I guess that'd be Western Europe. The Eastern countries are the Soviet Union, the Eastern bloc. The strongest countries in Western Europe are England and Germany, by that reckoning.

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