Despite their alliance as “Allied Powers” during WWII (along with China and the UK), the US and (then-)Soviet Union grew increasingly hostile towards each other after the war. Their partnership during the war could in fact be deemed a “shotgun marriage” (Lafeber 6), rushed and out of obligation rather than out of want or desire. Fearful of communism and tyrannical government rule, the US was hesitant to recognize “the USSR as a legitimate part of the international community” (“Cold War History”), delaying their aid in WWII and subsequently causing millions of Russian deaths. The complicated history of economic, cultural, and political entanglements and tensions between Russia and the US leading up to, during, and after the Cold War still remain to this day, even though the Cold War “officially” ended with the fall of the Soviet Union.
A book published during the Cold War era called both the Soviet Union and US fearful warriors: “while hating and fearing war, both are doing things, such as building enormously redundant arsenals of first-strike nuclear weapons, that bring war steadily closer . . . They are fearful in that both are doing war-promoting things mainly because of fear” (White ix). Eerily, with today’s political atmosphere, these same actions and attitudes seem to pervade the US’ relationship not only with Russia but with several different countries, making the cultural and political negotiations in Chess all the more relevant and even more extensive.
Below are several news outlets (both US and Russian networks) reporting on the US-Russian relationship since the recent election.
“Cold War History.” History.com, A+E Networks, 2009, http://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/cold-war-history.
Lafeber, Walter, editor. America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945-2000. McGraw Hill, 2002.
Saul, Norman E. Historical Dictionary of United States-Russian/Soviet Relations. The Scarecrow Press, 2009.
“Soviet Union.” History.com, A+E Networks, 2017, http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-the-soviet-union.
White, Ralph K. Fearful Warriors: A Psychological Profile of U.S.-Soviet Relations. The Free Press, 1984.