Thursday, June 6, 2013

Term 4 Extra Credit

Catherine McNamara
Purple Block

In the modern world, global dominance is defined by economic stability, international relations, and militaristic power. Economic stability is a sign of unification and general stability within a nation. This could be seen in Russia, who rose to world power after Lenin developed a Communist economy that allowed Russia to thrive through trade and development. Stabilizing the country internally allowed Lenin to look outwardly in his ambitions without having to worry about a collapse at home. This economic stability then led to international relations as Russia began to trade with other countries to continually grow their economy. This not only put Russia on the world stage, but also allowed them to build relationships with other countries that were in power. The concept of COMINTERN (the spread of Communism internationally) also helped to grow Russia’s international relations as they aligned themselves with other Communist nations. Finally, the development of military power allows a nation to appear outwardly powerful and intimidating. Russia developed their large military and eventually took a leading role in World War II, as well as having a strong arms presence in both the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts. Particularly in the case of Russia, a strong economy, international relationships, and a large and dominant military allowed for countries to rise to a status of global dominance.

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