After WWII ended the Soviet Union began to do its expansion into Eastern Europe. This feed the paranoia of America thinking that the Soviet Union wanted to take over the world. The Soviets did not like the Americans interventional approach to foreign relations. They felt that they should be able to rule their country however they saw fit without being slapped on the hands by an outsider. The fact of the matter is that both sides had their reasons of hating the other and both sides were to blame for cold war and in some respect it might have even been inevitable.
In my opinion, it was the United States actions, both during and after WWII, that are responsible for the Cold War. Aside from minor territorial squabbles in the years shortly after the war, the Truman Doctrine in 1947 let the Soviets know that the U.S was ready to fight them if they tried to expand, while the U.S itself was expanding in Japan and Western Europe. Then, when the Soviets cut off Berlin in 1948, instead of asking them to open it up again, the U.S called their bluff and put them in the position of, “Go to war with us, or stop blocking Berlin.” And all of the aforementioned reasons are compounded by the fact that the U.S had bombs capable of wiping out entire cities that the Soviet’s knew nothing about until they were used against
The Cold War is the rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States that followed World War II and shaped world politics between 1945 and 1989. There are many things that could have set off the start of the Cold War. Some historians believe that it was one thing and other people may believe that it was something else that had set it off. There are many origins or causes of the Cold War.
After WWII ended, the United States entered into a war that lasted for over four decades, and was unlike any war we had fought previously. Not a single shot was fired, because the cold war was a war fought with the threat of annihilation by both sides. This war was a war between the United States and the USSR, the Soviet Union. The purported reason behind the cold war was that both countries, the U.S. and the Soviet Union had very different kinds of government, the Soviet Union’s communism, and the United States democracy. Each country believed their form of government would be the best government for the whole world and their types of government were very different. The Communists formed the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) in the effort to begin a revolution for the purpose of overthrowing capitalism. Lenin and Stalin set up a totally state controlled economy. Due to the fact that socialism and capitalism are so opposite from democracy, the United States believed this form of government was a threat to the American freedom and way of life.
characterized international relations and dominated the foreign policies of Europe. It affected all of Europe and determined lasting alliances. The Cold War was caused by the social climate and tension in Europe at the end of World War II and by the increasing power struggles between the Soviet Union. Economic separation between the Soviets and the west also heightened tensions, along with the threat of nuclear war.
The most debilitating intentional force to America’s economy in the 20th Century was the Cold War. The Cold War was a political war that was fought between the United States and the Soviet Union that was really Capitalism v. Communism. Both nations wanted to spread their political ideology across the globe and both succeeded in their own way until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. It was the largest military build up the world has ever seen. As Journalist David Remnick put it, “The Cold War was wildly expensive and consumed the entire globe.” There was never directed fighting between the Soviet Union and the United States, but there were wars against communism developed in Korea and Vietnam by the U.S., along with various undercover
The Cold War started due to animosity between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during World War II and only grew exponentially after the war. The two countries did not see eye to eye and “At the time Roosevelt and Stalin met at Yalta in the spring of 1945 you had two absolutely opposing views…Stalin felt that unless there were friendly governments around his border in Europe he would be as insecure as he was before and during World War II that was a nightmare he did not want to live through again, that absolutely clashed with the will of the United States.” (Superpowers Collide, n.d.) The initial impression that a democratic government, such as the U.S., and a communist government, such as the Soviet Union, could have a mutual relationship is naïve. The ideological beliefs of the U.S. wanting a free and democratic Europe to decide for itself and the Soviets wanting Europe to be state owned and under total control clashed. This “red scare”, or fear of communism, was not a new concept, as we have learned Americans trepidations of communism stretched back to pre-World War I time frame. Leading up to and following the Berlin crisis the Cold War escalated rapidly. Two contests pursued over the next three decades; one was against the spread of communism, known as containment, and the other was the arms race. The containment of communism was evident with measures in place to support parts of Europe and communist support in Korea and Vietnam resulted in military engagements. None was possibly more feared than the two races coming together directly in America’s backyard, Cuba. The spread of communism and the fear of a nuclear war came within 90 miles of American soil with “This urgent transformation of Cuba into an important strate...
The Cold War was a war that lasted for four decades. It was between the two super powers after the Second World War, America and the Soviet Union. First we will see some of the reasons why we entered the Cold War. Then we will talk about some conflicts that occurred during the time frame and why the countries choose each side. Some technological advances during this time because of the drive for power through the advancement of technology. Then some of the reasons the Cold War ended.
In this essay I would like to highlight my understanding for the causes of the cold war. In fact, "the cold war" called in that name because of the struggle which is followed the World War II between superpowers: US & USSR. Both of sides work hard to widen their potency and narrowed the conflict, but it found overlap in it, which raise the stress and the struggle. The struggle lengthened from the end of the of second world war, middle of 1940s to the end of 1980s in 20th century, and the result was USSR collapsed in 1991, end of the cold war. The aim of this essay is to draw the attention to the people who don't aware that the fundamental cause of the cold war was a clash of ideologies between the superpowers, because of increased the radices of ideologies of this war and many historians negotiate for the causes. First of all, I started with the structure of the cold war (the origins of the cold war). During this section I argued that why the conflict started?, and who was the inciter? to be the introduction of the causes. Secondly, I would be deeper to prove the cause, so I would argue about some schools of thought, the orthodox or traditionalist thinkers who blamed the Soviet for the confrontation and give some historians views to prove this school. Thirdly, another school declared (revisionist people) who thought that the cause was US because of the Soviet looses which the Soviet suffered during the war. In addition, I analyzed some historian's suggestions for Truman. Forth point and final school (post-revisionist people) and they thought that both of sides played part in the escalation of the conflict. Finally, I would give my typical answer for the question and prove my ideas which I reached to the actual cause of the cold wa...
The statement that the outbreak of the Cold War was primarily the result of US expansionism is a statement that I disagree with quite strongly. I believe that the primary causes for the outbreak of the cold war were rather the desire of the Soviet Union to expand its territory and spread its influence and the heightened security concerns of the Soviet Union and the oppressive nature of the Soviet style of government which the United States was morally opposed to.
The cold war was a rivalry between the USSR and the USA that played out globally. It was an era that lasted from 1945 to 1990. The cold war gave America a lot in terms of spy novels, an arms race, space race, anticommunist movies, etc. After the World War 2, there were only two nations left with any sort of power left, the Soviet Union and the United States. United states still had worries as it wanted to make a strong, free market- oriented Europe, which was Capitalist. During and after World war two, there were signs of mistrust between Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States. The idea for the soviets was to create communist buffer between them and Germany, but US saw it differently and it looked that communism kept expanding. In the spring of 1945 the Soviets started to install compliant governments in the eastern parts of Europe, thus violating the promises made of democratic election during the Yalta Conference. On May 12, 1945, the British Prime minister, Winston Churchill, sent a telegram to President Truman stating, “What is to happen about Europe? An Iron Curtain is drawn down upon front. We do not know what is going on behind it.” There wasn’t much the western powers could have done to prevent the soviets to take over control of Eastern Europe. By the beginning of 1947, relations with the Soviet Union had become more troubled and just bad. Stalin in 1946 said that international peace was impossible and” under present capitalist development of the world economy.” This statement urged the state department to send an urgent request to George F. Kennan, diplomat and political analyst stationed at U.S. embassy in Moscow. Kennan replied and insisted that the assumptions made by former president Roosevelt but dangerousl...
When World War II was ending the United States and the USSR were allies. However, they were not allies because they wanted to support each other out of respect. They were allies because they shared a common enemy and while allies, they were lying and spying on each other creating mistrust. After the war, the USSR, was war torn with a weak economy and weak infrastructures. In order to rebuild and stabilize communism he needed to secure bordering countries and spread his sphere of influence as far as possible. In contrast, the United States was essentially untouched by the war and was the strongest world power. So strong that it was over industrialized. The United States capitalistic system had grown larger than its economy could support and needed a world market to survive.
When asked who was responsible for the Cold War both the United States and the Soviet Union were responsible for the Cold War. However, there were no solutions for the issues between the Soviet Union and the United States. They both had different plans and since they differed or were not in agreement with the idea of communism which was the indication of war. The Soviet Union wanted to expand communism and they know that they are powerful enough to do such. The Soviet Union was looking to establish a pro communist government in the Eastern and European nations (American History, connecting with the Past, pg 735). President Roosevelt had past relations and interaction and agreements with the alliance but with Roosevelt dying and him being the