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What are the similarities and differences between World War II and the Cold War?

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When comparing these two conflicts, their differences are much more apparent than their similarities. However, there are some ways they were similar. Let's look at both.

Similarities

  • Both conflicts were between powers with very different ideologies. In the case of WWII, it was mostly fought between democracies (with the exception of the USSR) and fascist regimes.
  • Nuclear weapons were a factor in both conflicts. In WWII, there was a race between Nazi Germany and the United States to develop nuclear weapons. The Cold War also involved a nuclear arms race between the USSR and the United States.
  • Both conflicts made much use of propaganda to portray the enemy as uncivilized and barbaric.
  • Both WWII and the Cold War led to an increase in nationalistic sentiments in the countries involved.
  • Both were global conflicts that were fought by many nations on multiple continents.

Differences

  • WWII was an all-out conflict between major militarized powers. It resulted in around 75 million deaths. The Cold War, on...

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