Causes Of The Cold War

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In 1917, the United States of America joined WWI due to beneficial economic relations with the Allies and German advances towards the American people. In 1919, The Treaty of Versailles resolved WWI, but left Germany in tremendous debt as they had to pay all war reparations. Because Germany was struggling, the Nazis rose to power under the leadership of Hitler. Adolf Hitler became the German dictator. WWII then began as the Allies felt that the spread of fascism and undemocratic practices needed to be halted. At this time, the Allies included both the United States and the Soviet Union; they were fighting on the same side, as the Big Three with Great Britain. After WWI, Stalin began to turn his back on promises he had made to the Allies at …show more content…
Stalin kept his increased territory won in the war effort under his dictatorship, thus causing an increase in tensions. His attempts to spread Stalinism and communism throughout the world was retaliated against by the United States and against the newly formed United Nations’ principles. This ultimately led to the Cold War. As the Allies had successfully won the Second World War, the Soviet Union began drifting away from the alliance between Great Britain and the US as shown through Churchill’s Word in his “Iron Curtain” Speech. Although the beginning of the Cold War between the United States and the USSR from 1945 to 1950 was slightly caused through accusation of illegal communist activities in the government, but was significantly caused through political change in US foreign policy, social distrust of the USSR via public opinions, and diplomatic misunderstandings between the US and USSR; therefore, the beginning of the Cold War was slightly caused legally, but significantly caused socially, politically, and …show more content…
For instance, as the communist USSR was gaining power and influence in Europe, George Kennan, a State Department official who is suspicious of the Soviets and believe they’re close minded, argued that an assertive US policy to prevent the Soviet Union from taking actions against United Nations ideals and restrict their influence would be the best course of action to combat the situation at hand (Doc 3). This shows how the beginning of the Cold War was significantly caused through political change in US foreign policy because they adopted the aggressive policy of “containment” in order to prevent the expansion of the Soviet Union’s communist influence on free democratic states. Secondly, under the Truman Doctrine, Harry Truman, a democrat and the president of the United States, gave a speech to a Joint Session of Congress to inform that the US would be taking assertive action in order to protect and support free people who are suffering under political oppression and restrictions of freedom (Doc 4). This shows how the beginning of the Cold War was significantly caused through political change in US foreign policy because they vowed to take action via containmet in order to protect people from communist government through use of the Truman Doctrine; thus creating increased tensions as the USSR was being more directly targeted by

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