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WW2 The process of superpowerdom The Second World War gave rise to a multitude of new ideas which changed the course of modern society the idea which has had the greatest impact on the world as a whole is the concept of the superpower nation To be a superpower a nation needs to have a strong economy an overpowering military immense international political power and related to this a strong national ideology It was this war WWII and its results that spawned the formation of superpowers and lead them to experience such a preponderance of power To understand how the Second World War impacted birth of superpowers it is important to first understand and examine the causes of the war The United States gained its strength in world affairs from its status as an economic power and as a heavily industrialized nation In the years preceding the war and the Great Depression America was the worlds largest producer and arguably had the strongest and most stable economy In the USSR at the same time Stalin was implementing his five year plans to modernize the Soviet economy From these situations similar foreign policies resulted from widely divergent origins Roosevelts isolationism emerged from the wide and prevalent domestic desire to remain neutral in any international conflicts It was widely believed that America entered the First World War simply in order to save its industrys capitalist investments in Europe Whether this is the case or not Roosevelt was forced to work with an inherently isolationist Congress only expanding its horizons after the bombing of Pearl Harbor He signed the Neutrality Act of 1935 making it illegal for the United States to ship arms to the belligerent governments of any conflict The act also stated that belligerent nations could buy only non-armaments from the US and even these were only to be bought with cash In contrast Stalin was by necessity interested in European
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