What was the Cold War and what events caused it? Cold War is the term used to describe the intense rivalry that developed after World War II between groups of Communist and non-Communist nations. On one side were the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) and its communist allies that referred to as the Eastern bloc. On the other side were the United Staes and its democratic allies, usually referred to as the Western bloc. Cold War was characterized by mutual distrust, suspicion, and misunderstandings by both the United States and the Soviet Union, and their allies.
The cold war era is when America was at its most suspicious and paranoid. The cold war grew out of tensions that were post WWII. Two worldly super powers clashed over rivalry and one wanted to have more influence. This rivalry went for almost half of the 20th century, and led to many international incidents that almost brought both powers to a mutual destruction.
From the beginning of the conclusion of World War 2 the Soviet Union and the United States bickered on philosophical differences in the way a country should be governed, the collective state control of the soviet Union, vs the individualistic civil Liberties of the United States did not unite well ideologically. As the cold war started to shiver on the world, the suspicion between the two countries became much more aggressive and the disagreements developed into
Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union began with mutual distrust in World War II, intense rivalry, and conflicting ideologies. Cold War was fought with four major weapons. The weapons were propaganda, economic and military aid to devastated nations after World War II, arms race, and the alliances. Propagandas were used for containment and to raise the people’s morale and patriotism. Economic aid of the devastated nations was also used as a method of containment, as it prevented the desperate nations from falling under communism. Arms race was one way of representing the nation’s military pride and the ability to retaliate when attacked, although the arms were not developed to dominate world power. Finally, alliances were created and its scale was compared to verify the superior side of the Cold War.
COLD WAR During 1945 and early in 1946, the Soviet Union cut off nearly all contacts between the West and the occupied territories of Eastern Europe. In March 1946, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill warned that "an iron curtain has descended across the Continent" of Europe. He made popular the phrase Iron Curtain to refer to Soviet barriers against the West (Kennedy 1034). Behind these barriers, the U.S.S.R. steadily expanded its power.
Following World War II, the United States and the USSR were the only two world super powers left. Because of different economic systems, strategic interests, and atomic weapons the US and USSR entered a Cold War. This war was not a typical war. It was strictly economical and political fighting, there was no physical fighting. The USSR believed that peace would only come from worldwide communism, but the US wanted to stop the spread of communism immediately. President Truman tried to offer financial aid to countries nearing turmoil and facing communism, in order to stop the spread of communism entirely. The United States was successful in that it did not actually fall to communism itself, and that the US was able to partially contain communism
Progressing forward, the purpose of this essay is to expound the origins of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. In order to accomplish present objectives, this paper will proceed as follows: Part 1 will discuss the early distrusts and suspicions that developed between the Soviet Union and United States during the war and the conflicts of interest that arose concerning post war goals, Section 2 will explicate the events surrounding the early years of the Cold War, namely 1945 to 1949, and ultimately, Portion 3 will simultaneously illuminate the controversy over the atomic bomb and how it was involved with the issues surrounding the Soviet Union and United States and will bring this essay to a closure.
After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as the two new superpowers and as archrivals. The United States wanted to keep the Soviet Union from spreading communism by force so the United States came up with a plan of containment, which was to block the Soviet Union wherever possible to contain the spread of communism therefore beginning the Cold War. (Davidson et al., 2005)
... to defeat Germany, but through the war they both wanted to pass on their own ideological beliefs to other countries and because the U.S and Soviet Union had opposing views things escalated quickly between them in this area. The tension grew so great that by the end of WWII, both nations were once again divided up because of their ideological differences and the Iron curtain that began to be drawn between the Soviet Union and the rest of the World. Both of the countries views were opposite and the U.S began to believe that the Soviets were going to spread their communist ideals, so the Cold war began between the both of the nations. The Cold War was a time of fear in the U.S as both nations raced to develop new weapons and technology as a means to beat the other. This is all because of the events that unfolded during WWII and the events that unfolded after it.
Thanks to Bolshevik Revolution in Russia during the First World War, followed by the Russian Civil War, had stablished the Union of Soviet Socialist. This caused the communism in now know Soviet Union because of this, it led to many differences between the U.S. and USSR. The Soviet Union and the United States were Allies because of World War II, but after that they quickly became bitter enemies. They were allies only because both wanted to defeat Germany. After that, they went on to become bitter enemies because of big differences they had; the Soviet Union was a communist and America hated communism. This led to the Cold War which included the Vietnam war and the Korean war.