The Soviet Union And The Cold War Essay

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The competing ideologies between the United States of America and the Soviet Union influenced the Cold War. The Berline Blockade and airlift, the Korean War and the Cuban Missile Crisis are crucial events of the Cold War and was a result of the ideological differences between the two superpowers. As Malone stated, “the United States’ ideology of capitalism and the Soviet Union’s ideology of communism led to a superpower rivalry” (156). The Berlin blockade and airlift which was the first crisis of the cold war, was caused by the ideological differences between the United States and the Soviet Union. After the defeat of Germany in 1945, the allies divided Germany into four zones, West Germany was controlled by Britain, America and France while East Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. The city of Berlin was also divided into East Berlin which was controlled by the Soviet Union and West Berlin which was controlled by the United States. Both Stalin and Truman had different ideas for Germany, Stalin wanted to destroy Germany and strip East Germany of its wealth and machinery, while Truman wanted to rebuild Germany’s industry. The difference in their aims was the primary cause of the Berlin Blockade. The establishment of Bizonia in January 1947, the Marshall Aid and introduction of Deutsche Mark in West Germany angered Stalin. Stalin believed that by introducing a new currency, the USA and Britain were trying to wreck the East German economy. On 24 June 1948, the Soviets…

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