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Perceptions and Misperceptions between the United States of America and the USSR during the Early Cold War

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Perceptions and Misperceptions
Between the United States of America and the USSR
During the early Cold War.

When two people are arguing, it is because both parties believe that they are right while the other is wrong. Similarly, when two people are in disagreement, each side tries to convince the other that their points of view, their values are the right ones. The United States of America, as well as the Soviet Union, believed that they were the most powerful and the rightful country to take control. They both believed that they had to take control of the world or else the other would. To each side, that outcome would be devastating. In this way, perceptions and misperceptions by both the United States and the USSR led both sides to not trusting the other as well as a sense of revenge between them which undoubtedly created misunderstandings. Perception and misperception between the United States and the USSR during the early Cold War is very important because this perception and misperception was what essentially started and continued the conflict.
Near the end of World War II, both countries saw the other one as a threat. Although they were Allies during the war, the idea of power and the flipside, the threat of power divided them and they became enemies. The Soviets wanted a buffer zone between themselves and the West in case of an invasion. Having control over their satellite states, a ‘Iron Curtain’ was created between them and the superpowers to the West to protect them. The United States saw communism as a threat to their capitalist system. The United States wanted to stop the threat of communism in the world. During the entirety of the Cold War, one can argue that the events that unraveled as a circle effect becaus...

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...l goal.” Both parties were wrong in coming to conclusion and misperceiving events rather than sitting face to face and coming up with a solution.
During the Cold War, there was misperception and perception between the Soviet Union as well as the United States. The Soviet Union wanted to spread communism and take control of the world; the United States wanted to prevent that. The fight for world power could have been prevented if both countries would not have assumed and reacted. In an argument, most people roar and scream, but the notion that should have been remembered during the early Cold War years is somebody’s bark is worse than their bite. The United States and the USSR should have taken a breath and remembered that actions are not as bad as their threats. Thus, early misperception can definitely be seen as a major contribution to the causes of the Cold War.
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