Causes Of The Berlin Blockade

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The end of World War II ushered in an era of new fears. American officials agreed that the best defense against the Soviet Union was to contain them and not allow for expansion of their physical state or ideology. It was President Truman’s that declared in 1947 that it was the United States responsibility to support a body of people attempting to resist suppression. The strategy would be considered containment. An arms race of nuclear force shortly followed. America developed atomic weapons that would out due the atomic bomb the end product was the hydrogen bomb. Naturally, Soviet leaders and scientist followed suit. The Cold War was not only between two countries but the whole world was at risk. The constant threat of nuclear obliteration …show more content…
A blockade was a Soviet attempt to limit the influence of the West within their territories. The Berlin blockade was the first official main clash of the Cold War but it was not the first issue that the Communist State had with the West. Berlin was a dispute that steadily deteriorated relations between the two sides. Spring of 1946 Winston Churchill gave the Iron Curtain speech noting Soviets hostility toward the United States specifically the Marshall Plan implied as the United States mingling in European affairs. The industrial infrastructure was in ruins across the European continent following World War II. The United States assisted the European economic recovery. There was a need for a financial plan. On April 3, 1948; President Harry Truman signed the Economic Recovery Act. Documented as the European Recovery Program (ERP), the plan was intended to rebuild the economies of Western Europe. Originally known as the Marshall Plan after George C. Marshall had proposed the plan in 1947 shared his idea in a public speech at Harvard. Truman had appointed Marshall as Secretary of State in January 1947. Marshall was convinced that in order to restore political stability the national economies needed to be assisted. The program included sixteen nations, Germany among them. The Economic Cooperation Administration of the United States …show more content…
In the fall of 1989 as the Cold War was coming to a close. Berlin was a key city during the war, a platform that symbolized the struggle of the West and Communist powers. The wall was built to contain a mass emigration that threatened to expose the Soviet system. Potentially proving that the system did not work and therefore was inferior to the West. The war of ideology and lifestyle came to an official close in 1991 as the Soviet Union dissolved into fifteen separate countries. In response to severe economic problems and growing political ferment in the Union it began to weaken in 1985. When Premier Mikhail Gorbachev took office and ushered in an era of revolution. Soviet influence in Eastern Europe diminished. In 1989, a large majority of the communist states in the region changed its government to a noncommunist one. The Cold War was over, but the city will never forget its history and the symbolic and physical nature of a battle ground between the West and

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