Characteristics Of The Cold War

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A difficult question that surrounds the idea of the Cold War is what we all have heard since high school history class, did atomic weapons cause the cold war, or at the very least, accelerate it? According to many historians, the Cold War was a conflict of two main objectives; the development of nuclear weapons and the fear of communism and soviet expansion. With these two key characteristics, it is only logical to say that the Cold War was a spawn of both of them combined. It began as a struggle of competing ideologies and the Stalinist view of complete and utter domination in Europe while imposing the communist ways, the context of the war then changed with the Manhattan project by the United States, and it then ended with the fear and suspicion …show more content…
A spy plane caught site of nuclear missiles being built in Cuba, roughly 90 miles from the coast of the United States. Kennedy proceeded by setting up a naval blockade around the island and communicating with American citizens about the ordeal. Horrified for a nuclear fallout, both leaders convened and decided that it would have been devastating for a nuclear war to occur. They decided that the USSR would remove its missiles in Cuba in exchange for the US to avoid invading the island. Also, in a separate exchange, for the US to remove its missiles from Turkey. The Cuban Missile Crisis is an important characteristic of the Cold War because, if managed incorrectly, the world could have drastically changed. As Winston Churchill said; “To avert a vast indefinite butchery... at the cost of a few explosives, seemed after all our toils and perils, a miracle of …show more content…
The new Soviet regime founded the “Communist International Party” to wage global contention against capitalism and imperialism. Stalin set out to build the USSR’s economic and military strength as a means of promoting global Communism. Before 1917, there was not a single Communist power in the world, however, since 1917, there are now 22 countries that are ruled by the Communist party. The goal of the Communist party after World War II was to expand the empire and ideology. Stalin believed that he truly could take over the world and make a dynasty of Communism. This threat of Communist takeover really struck fear into the entire American population. America already had a system of beliefs that they believed worked, so they did not want any other ideology to be imposed on them. There were many different ways to “look for” the beginning of a Communist takeover. Based off of the Bolshevik seizure in Russia, the Communists use armed force, propaganda, ruthlessness, planning and camouflage to their advantage in trying to cement their party in power of another country. By Terror, threats, bribery, and intrigue the Communists divided or destroyed the parties of many nations. Naturally, paranoia set in on the mindsets of American citizens, and the fears of Communist takeover reached hysterical heights, especially in the late 40’s and early 50’s. There were many different

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