The Cuban Missile Crisis

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Joseph Stalin believed the world was split into two factions: The Capitalists, and the Communists. The Soviets believed that Communism is the only option, that capitalism and democracy are weak (A). But their goal was not world domination as much as it was Defensive. The soviets knew we had atomic weapon capabilities, which spawned a heavy push for the invention of their own nuclear weapons. They feared that the United States would try to restore the borders of the Soviet Union to where they were before WWII, taking land away from them (A).

The U.S. believed that the Soviet Union was out to take control of as much territory as possible. Countries were weak after the Second World War. Economic turmoil causes broken nations to search for any means of staying afloat. There was a fear that certain countries would convert to communism, and in turn endanger International security (A). The U.S. set about to contain communism in any means possible, giving aid to the countries. This spawned the Truman Doctrine, which outlined U.S. diplomacy for the duration of the Cold War. It would give any country that was democratic and under the threat of Communist forces economic, political, or military aid. The goal was to drive the Soviets away from gaining any sort of territorial control (B).

Nikita Khrushchev’s rise to power came after The U.S.S.R. suffered a major loss. On March 5, 1953, the Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin passed away after a severe heart attack. Immediately after, Georgi Malenkov was elected as the new Premier and First Secretary of the Communist Party. Khrushchev was an over-looked choice for the positions but he was not indifferent about the loss. He began to rally politicians around him that would be able to relieve Malen...

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