The Cold War During World War II Essay

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The Cold War The Cold War was a conflict between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the United States lasting from 1947 until 1991. As its name implies, the Cold war didn’t involve much fighting. “Although the Soviet Union and the United states never fought each other directly, battles did take place in countries where people allied themselves with one superpower or the other” (O’Connell). It started with tensions after World War II and remained a standoff for many years. Both countries attempted to intimidate the other by having better weapons and more advanced technology. Eventually, the USSR and US were able to compromise and end the Cold War. After World War II tensions began to increase between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialists Republic. Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin worked together to create the United Nations after the war, but had differing postwar plans (SparkNotes Editors). Joseph Stalin wanted to leave Germany’s economy in ruins, in an attempt to prevent them from remilitarizing, whereas President Truman wanted to help stabilize their economy. To do so, he enacted policies like the Marshall Plan, a United States initiative to help rebuild Europe after World War II. The Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program (ERP), set aside 13 billion dollars to aid the economic support to rebuild Western European economies (History.com Staff, 2009). Truman worried that with Europe’s weakened economy, another radical…

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