The Cold War On World War II Essay

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The Cold War is known as a war of ideologies, it was a state of political tension that existed between the United States and the Soviet Union after World War II. There is a “bipolar split” that drives world affairs for the next four decades. The time period is 1946-1991. There are no battles fought between either sides of the Cold War directly, proxy wars occurred in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan and both sides are involved. According to McMahon the Cold War is a direct affect of World War II, with no pinpointed event to blame.
In pre-war stages of World War II the U.S.S.R made an attempt to protect itself by agreeing to the Nazi-Soviet pact of 1939. Hitler broke off the pact in 1941 and the Germans invaded the U.S.S.R. Afraid of what Germany might be capable of with the conquering of such significant resources the US began to send supplies to the U.S.S.R. The survival of the U.S.S.R during World War II was critical for the US and Great Britain. After the Allies defeat over the axis powers, Stalin wanted Germany to be dismembered out of fear that they would regain momentum and attempt another take over. Roosevelt was not for this, which caused pressure; but ultimately gave Stalin an agreeable settlement. These disputes were discussed at the Yalta conference in 1945. “The three leaders pledged, in that public document, to support democratic processes in the establishment of new, representative governments for each of Europe’s liberated nations” (McMahon 21).
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