Terry Sales Ideas are a blessing and a curse, they can build wonderful things or can destroy that very same thing. Most of the time different ideas can reach a compromise, but when neither ideas gives way nor both sides fill strongly about it this leads to conflict or in this cause war. This belief or, ideologies, was a driving force between the capitalism of The United States and the communism of the USSR (Soviet Union) as they were the only super powers in the world after WWII. This resulted in one of the greatest conflicts of the twentieth century that almost brought the world to a nuclear war: The Cold War. The Cold war was a proxy war, which means that the United States and Soviet Union did not fight each other directly but used third world countries to fight each other and spread capitalism and communism to the world. There were several major causes that created tension between the two superpowers. As World War II ended the United States and Soviet Union divided Europe and wanted to split the world as well. The Soviet Union saw the United States rebuilding Europe and Japan in an effort to expand its markets. The United States feared the USSR was trying to destroy democracy and capitalist institutions. The Soviet feared that The United States' Marshall plan was a way of using their money and power to dominate Europe and destroy the soviet influence. As a result, each feared the other's intended goals and sought to spread their influence to other regions of the world to increase their power. In 1945, at the end of World War II the Big Three of the allies met at two international conferences, first at Yalta then Potsdam, to see how Europe would be split up. The Yalta Conference was a meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt representing their respective countries in early February 1945. The conference led to many changes. First Germany was divided in four sectors, with control going to Britain, US, France, and Russia. Second, all Eastern Europe countries would hold free and fair election for their new government. Third Russia would join the fight against Japan and regain any land loss during the war. Last, the League of Nations would be replaced by the United Nations, as this upgrade was to stop future world conflicts. At first the Yalta conference seemed like it worked, but Britain prime minster told Roosevelt “The Soviet Union was a danger to the world.” However three key points were not agreed on like: Russia getting a piece of Poland, in which they wanted to established a communist government there, and the amount of money Germany would have to pay for its role in the war. The Potsdam conference, was the last of the Big Three meetings during World War II. It was attended by Premier Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union, the new American President, Harry S. Truman, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain. Many arguments broke out as the Allies were not happy with the way Germany was split, the size of war reparations and Soviet policy in Eastern Europe because Russia broke its promise to hold free elections in Eastern Europe and installed governments dominated by the Soviet Union. As the fighting was ended the Allies and the Soviet Union soon developed tension between themselves as their ideals were directly opposite. The creation of the atomic bomb didn't given the destructive force that was seen at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many people theorized why Truman dropped the A-Bomb, was it to end the war quicker, show he was’t afraid to use WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) and or to impress Stalin? If Truman decision was intended to inspire fear in the soviet Premier, he failed, because, by the end of 1949, the Soviet Union had created its own bomb furthering the tensions between the US and the Soviet…
The topic of the Cold War parallels with one ideal, the ideal of Communism. The threat of Communism in our country and our allies dominated the United States’ mindset throughout the mid to late 20th century. It seemed as though war and hardship had a way of following the United States. The people of the United States looked to one person, the president, to pave the road through this time period and find a final solution for peace. The decades of the Cold War are marked by three presidents who…
Communist state—the world's second. It does not last long, and is soon replaced by the Conservative regime of Admiral Horthy. Already, the ideological fight between Communism and, broadly defined, Capitalism has begun.
The Polish-Soviet War is fought. Lenin, who wishes to bring revolution to Europe through force, is defeated by the Poles. The spread of Communism is contained. Lenin changes tactics: instead of revolution by force, he will seek to foster Communist parties and Communist revolution…
The Cold War is a major part of not only US and Russian history, but it had an effect on many parts of Europe and North America. The Cold War was a long period of tension between the democracies of the Western World and the communist countries of Eastern Europe. The west was led by the United States and Eastern Europe was led by the Soviet Union. These two countries became known as superpowers. Although the two superpowers never officially declared war on each other, they fought indirectly in proxy…
The Cold War
In 1945, the main reason for the start of the cold war was the alliance between America and USSR. It’s was called the Cold War because of how there was no active war between them, their fear of nuclear escalation kept them apart. USSR wanted to prevent Germany’s invasion by spreading communism through Eastern Europe. America didn’t agree so much with the idea of communism because they followed democracy. America had begun…
balance of power?
"bravado" - arms race
spheres of influence
spread of communism
advent of modernism --> globalization
1945 New World Order
2 Superpowers: USSR & US
essentially teenagers in power
- inexperienced, prideful, fierce
communism vs capitalism democracy
roots of Cold War go back to 1917 and the 30's
no more fascism
Stalin promised free elections…
Cold War Essay
World Cultures Nov. 21 2013
The Cold War was a drastic period in time. The Cold War was a feud between the USSR Soviet Union and the United States. It was called the Cold War because for the most part of the war both sides just spied on each other. One of the main questions asked backed then, and still asked now is “Who started the Cold War?” Some say…
I believe that the start of the ‘Cold War’ was due to the Soviet Union. This is because of the mutual distrust of Josef Stalin and his alleged allies, especially with the USA’s newly elected Prime Minister, Harry Truman. Furthermore, Stalin appeared to have exterior motives, which he concealed from the other leaders, which included accommodating and expanding his sphere of influence in Eastern Europe.
This resulted in suspicion and tension between all countries. Also, many of the disagreements…
Yalta Conference: Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill. Before the war was over they met over to divide German into zones of occupation controlled by the Allied military forces. Germany would also have to pay the Soviet Union to compensate for its loss of life and property.
United Nations: This international organization was intended to protect the members against aggression. The charter for the new peacekeeping organization established a large body called the General Assembly…
Everywhere I read about the cold war it says it is unlike any war the U.S ever fought, but why is that? What makes this war so much different that it stands out from all the rest? What did the war change in the world around us; did it benefit us or ruin us? Did the war cause other violent wars after it was over? How did it affect our president at the time, and how did he affect the cold war? Why don’t we take a look at our past and find out? As we start at the very beginning of this war…
Cold War in Asia and Europe: Compared
Asia – Yellow
Europe – Blue
Both – Green
Second world war caused ‘bipolar world’
‘Bipolar world’ meant the US and USSR dominated
Both powers had nuclear weapons so confrontation could lead to nuclear war.
To avoid this advantage was gained through diplomacy and applying political pressure.
‘Cold War’ is the title given to a ‘war without war’.
Power was won or lost through diplomacy rather than force.
The implications on other countries as well…