Cold War

analytical Essay
624 words
624 words

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 United States accused the Soviet Union of seeking to expand Communism throughout the world. The Soviets charged the United States with practicing imperialism and with attempting to stop revolutionary activity in other countries. Each bloc’s vision of the world also contributed to East-West tension. The United States wanted a world of independent nations based on democratic principles. The Soviet Union attempted to control areas it considered vital to its national interest, including much of Eastern Europe. The Yalta Conference is often cited as the beginning of the Cold War. During the seven days of February 4 – 11, 1945, the Big Three – Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin – met in Crimea at the Lavidia Palace on the Black Sea. The main purpose of Yalta was the re-establishement of the nationas conquered and destroyed Germany. Poland was given back it...

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that cold war was characterized by mutual distrust, suspicion, and misunderstandings between the united states and the soviet union and their allies.
  • Analyzes how the united states accused the soviet union of seeking to expand communism throughout the world. each bloc's vision contributed to east-west tension.
  • Explains that the yalta conference is often cited as the beginning of the cold war. franklin roosevelt, winston churchill, and josef stalin met in crimea at the lavidia palace on the black sea.
  • Explains that the soviet union cut off all contacts between the west and the occupied territories of eastern europe during 1945 and early in 1946.
  • Explains that the war against japan was not as devastating as the united states had expected.
  • Explains that cold war tensions increased in the early 1980’s due to the soviet intervention in afganistan and from continued american fear of soviet and cubal influence in middle east, southeast asia, africa, and central amrica.
  • Opines that the fall of the berlin wall in november 1989 is a symbolic end to the cold war.
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