How does this fit into the bigger picture?

The changing nature of international relations from 1850 onwards

How do you describe the bigger picture of a conflict that was global in scope and that covered much of the second half of the twentieth century? This key question attempts to illustrate the bigger picture of the Cold War by analysing the changing nature of international relations and the shifting international position of Russia and the United States from the second half of the nineteenth century onwards.

The nineteenth century saw the decline of the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Holy Roman, and Mughal Empires. This paved the way for the rise of the British, German, and Japanese Empires, but at the end of this century the influence of the United States and Russian on the world stage also grew.


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