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The devastation of World War II left the world a much different
place than it had been in 1939 when the fighting began. No longer
were Great Britain, France, and Germany the center of world
power and influence. After peace treaties were signed and
weapons laid down, two new superpowers emerged, setting the
stage for the remainder of the 20th century.
The United States suffered far less damage and destruction
than its allies. The Americans did not enter the war until December
of 1941, and most of the fighting had occurred on European and
Asian soil. In fact with the exception of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. completely escaped attack. It also
suffered the fewest casualties of any nations involved in the war. While the dead and wounded
numbered well over a million for Germany, Japan, and other countries, America's losses totaled
fewer than 300,000.
Another significant factor contributing to America's post-war strength was the fact that it was
the only country at the time that possessed the atomic bomb. Dropping the devastating weapons
on two Japanese cities clearly demonstrated American power and dominance. Finally, the U.S.
economy made great strides as a result of the war. Sale and production of war materials
boomed, finally pulling the country out of the Great Depression. In short, by the late 1940's the
United States was the richest country in the world.
Meanwhile on the other side of the world, another superpower rose from the ashes of World
War II. Though the Soviet Union had suffered almost 20 million casualties during the war and
was repeatedly attacked by Hitler’s armies, it still emerged as a force to be reckoned with. By
1945 the Soviets had the largest army in the world which helped them establish control over
much of Eastern Europe. Due to their expansion, the Soviets acquired new markets and
resources that allowed them to grow their economy well beyond pre-war levels.
Although both nations were strong players on the world stage, it was clear relations between
the two superpowers would not be friendly. Despite fighting together during the war, the U.S. and
the Soviet Union were no longer allies. The world quickly became polarized. One group of
nations led by the United States and another led by the Soviet Union entered a period of
suspicion, tension, and hostility known as the Cold War.
Which title choice would be the BEST for this passage?
Post W.W. II Power Shift
Comparing East and West
Setting the Stage
Explain your choice for the previous question.(Requires Sentence)
The term polarized in the last paragraph most nearly means
Which pair of statements shows a clear cause-and-effect relationship?