Essay on The Cold War During World War II

1519 Words Apr 10th, 2016 7 Pages
In 1945, the United States and Soviet Union were allies, jointly triumphant in World War II, which ended with total victory for Soviet and American forces over Adolf Hitler 's Nazi empire in Europe. Within just a few years, however, wartime allies became mortal enemies, locked in a global struggle—military, political, economic, ideological—to prevail in a new “Cold War”. The Cold War was primarily caused by different political ambitions and the historical perspectives of the two superpowers: the United States and the Soviet Union, and to assert their ideological views on the world. By nature, the Cold War can be interpreted as intense competition between the United States and Soviet Union in both nuclear arms race and also the space race. Furthermore, the Cold War sparked fear within America of Communists, as both nations attempted to demote the other through intense propaganda and attempted to intimidate through nuclear arms. Due to the fear and hostility caused by the Cold War, Europe found itself divided into hostile alliances (NATO and Warsaw Pact), creation and regulation of nuclear arms and at last the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 due to an immense strain of Soviet budget combined with Mikhail Gobrachev’s hands-off policies. With the surrender of Germany in 1945, World War two was over, but new problems were rising in Europe. At the end of World War two, the Soviet forces had occupied most of Eastern Europe (Except for Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia),…

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