The Cold War And The Soviet Union Essay

1560 Words Feb 16th, 2016 7 Pages
At the end of World War II there was huge tension between the United States of America and the Soviet Union which led to many global conflicts. The Soviet Union, also referred to as the USSR, was alarmed by the rebuilding efforts of the United States leading them to believe that the US wanted to expand its markets, take control of Europe, and enforce their democratic government. On the contrary, the United States feared that the Soviet Union wanted to destroy the democratic government and capitalism. This tension between the USSR and the United States resulted in the Cold War, which was not a direct war between the United States and the USSR but a number of proxy wars. One of these proxy wars was the Korean War that began on June 25, 1950. However, long before the Korean war began, the United States and the USSR had focused part of their attention on Korea. During the Cold War, it is evident through the National Security Council and the Korean War telegrams that the United States wants to stop the spread of communism in Korea and the USSR wants to occupy all of Korea and make it a communist country, as a result Korea was unable to be unified and was left split into two countries, known as North and South Korea. In September 1945, Japanese troops surrendered after bombings had left the country greatly destroyed, as a result Korea was no longer under the hands of Japan and this lead to the creation of the 38th parallel. The 38th parallel was intended to be a temporary border…

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