The Cold War countries like the US and USSR had interests in other regions of the world which often resulted in indirect proxy wars.
I believe the funds were provided by the larger country and often fought by the people of the country.
So I was wondering about the nationalist and anti colonial sentiment arising at the time of these proxy wars.
My question mainly focuses on what these proxy countries would have thought by looking around places like Africa or the Middle East and seeing nationalist movements throwing off their controlling powers and gaining independence.
Did these proxy countries value independence like these other countries or did they value funding and military assistance from a much more powerful but controlling country while being a proxy?