The Cause Of The Cold War

analytical Essay
1397 words
1397 words

To what extent were Stalin's pre-Cold War actions the reason for the cause of the Cold War? Between 1945 and 1991, military and political problems appeared between the powers of the Eastern and Western Bloc. Stalin's insistence upon the Soviet Union taking control of Eastern Europe was not after was not without justification. Stalin wanted Soviet control of the nations of Eastern Europe, which American's viewed as Stalin wanting world domination.; all this commencing the start of the Cold War. To determine the extent of the Stalin's effect on the Cold War, the investigation will compare the two interpretations: that the fault of the start of the Cold War is because Stalin and the U.S.S.R. not keeping the promises they had made at the Yalta conference, and enforcing Russian Regimes in these countries, as well as the interpretation that the reason for the Cold War was the fault of president Truman because the USA did not shared the the technology involving the atomic bomb with Russia at the end of World War 2. B. Summary of Evidence Plokhy, Serhii. Yalta: The Price of Peace. New York: Viking, 2010. Print. Harbutt, Fraser J. Yalta 1945: Europe and America at the Crossroads. New York: Cambridge UP, 2010. Print. Rhodes, Richard. Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. Print. Yalta Conference (Plokhy 55) On 2 February 1945 U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, British prime minister Winston S. Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin met in the Crimean city of Yalta to discuss Allied war aims. Stalin had three goals he wanted to acquire from the Yalta conference. His first goal was to gain a hug... ... middle of paper ... ... worsened between the superpowers since the conference. The Beginning of the Race (Groueff 145-178) (Roberts 210-215) The nuclear arms race was central to the Cold War. Many feared what direction the Cold War was going with the impression that the more nuclear weapons you had, the more successful and powerful you were. Both America and Russia massively increased their abundant amounts of nuclear weapons. The nuclear arms race was a competition for supremacy in nuclear warfare. Both American and Soviet experts aimed at using nuclear weapons to bring out concessions from the one another, or from powerful countries like China. However, the risk attached with using these nuclear weapons was very dangerous that they avoided what John Foster Dulles referred to as brinkmanship. The Americans lacked confidence, and in the 1950s they hoped in a non- existing bomber gap.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that stalin believed that russian security meant that eastern european states should stay under soviet control.
  • Explains that the western press believed the conference was successful, but there were still problems and disagreements between the soviets and the anglo-americans.
  • Explains that both the u.s. and the soviet union claimed they did not want use hydrogen bombs, leaving the world in doubt on what would happen next.
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