Research Paper: The US and Cuba after World War II

Sample Research Paper

The history of the United States is over-wrought with crisis after the Second World War. The dangers of communism and the Soviet Union’s nuclear power created a great degree of anxiety within the United States (U.S) (Stiles 2007). As the Cold War began, a country in America’s own backyard, sided with the Soviet power. As the world divided into two factions, Cuba chose to side with U.S.S.R (United Soviet Socialist Republic) during this war. Thus, the two world powers, United States and U.S.S.R, were officially at war with each country that allied with the enemy.

Cuba had its own history of tensions with the U.S. The small state was run by a corrupt administration, headed by Batista. There was also a strong U.S interest in the industries of Cuba which left little economic success for the locals themselves. The result was a revolution which removed Fulgencio Batista’s government and replaced it with an administration run by Fidel Castro. Castro not only nationalized all the industries in Cuba but also forced a great number of Americans to leave the country. This was his first act of defiance against the U.S administration. His second act came with his strong alliance with communist China and U.S.S.R.  This was a direct act against U.S interests and in 1960 U.S President Dwight D Eisenhower enforced a partial embargo on Cuba.  The import of sugar and export of oil was blocked to the country. But these attempts to break Cuba failed when the Soviet Union stepped in to help (. 1961 was a final end of diplomatic relations between the U.S and Cuba, leading to a further strengthening of the alliance between Cuba and the communist nations.

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