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Evaluate the impact of two-single part states on world affairs.

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Evaluate the impact of two-single part states on world affairs The emergence of Cuba as a single party Communist state and Castro as its 'maximum leader' had a dramatic impact on Cold War relations. So much so that it tipped the US-Soviet scale on par with each other. Similarly, Hitler as an absolute leader of Germany had significant impact on world affairs to the extent that some historians would argue that it triggered the outbreak of the Second World War. Despite being in different eras, they certainly have similarities but mostly differences primarily due to their ideology, one being Communist/Socialist whilst the other being Fascist. 'The real Cold War evolution did not have it's beginnings in the working relationship which was established between Havana and Moscow, but rather in the deteriorating relationships between the Cuban capital and Washington' (TonyHowarth, 1979). After the Cuban Revolution Castro rose to become the leader of Cuba and under his leadership he made attempts to establish diplomatic relations with the United States but was humiliated. ...read more.


According to the historian Thomas Patterson, 'the United States' sanctions against Fidel Castro and his government provided the rationale and the catalytic action which accelerated close economic, political and military relations between Cuba and the USSR'. The improved Cuban-Russian relations meant that Khrushchev was able to place nuclear weapons in Cuba to safeguard both Cuba to prevent it from future invasions and Russian interests. The Cuban Missile Crisis has created a shift in the Cold War balance of power because previously, only the Americans had missiles targeted on the USSR in Turkey, but now Russia also had its nuclear weapons targeted at the United States. This was significant as it gave Khrushchev greater leverage in negotiations concerning Berlin but also the situation of stalemate or 'brinkmanship'. The crisis has shaped the world we live in today as it brought the world close when both leaders agree to establish diplomatic relations and talks as well as measures to prevent such crisis reoccurring in the future. Furthermore, the crisis made the people in the world to realize how close the world came towards a nuclear war and that they should work towards disarming. ...read more.


In contrast, Germany was in a much better position with regards to its control over its foreign policy largely due to its strong industrialized economy and Hitler being an aggressive expansionist dictator. Without doubt, Germany had a large impact on world affairs as Hitler's policy of lebensraum was partly responsible for the outbreak of the Second World War and dictated world politics several years to come. Therefore, it is evident to say that Hitler and Castro followed different foreign policies due to their differing views in ideology and because of the political, economical and social situation they were faced with. Perhaps Castro would have adopted a different foreign policy if its economy were stronger and was placed differently geographically. Regardless, we can say that both the single party states had an immense impact on world affairs to the extent that there are some remnants of it left, such as the creation of the United Nations after Second World War. ?? ?? ?? ?? TAVEEPHOL CHARDTUMRONG 13K ...read more.

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