Essay about The Soviet Union Of The Cold War

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When One Door Closes, Another Opens
Immediately after World War II, the United States went to war with another country. This war was not fought like traditional wars, where countries would settle their differences on a battlefield. This war was fought through politics, fear, and through “proxy wars”. The Cold War went on from 1947 to 1991 between the United States and the Soviet Union.
What Led to the Cold War?
The United States and Soviet Union were not allies in World War II and then suddenly became enemies after. The United States and Soviet Union relationship was never great, but they had a common enemy in Germany. There were several events that led to this rocky relationship. Just to list some:
• The unsuccessful attempt of the Soviet Union to make Greece communist.
• The conferences held at Yalta and Potsdam.
• The Marshall Plan to bring economic stability through capitalism to Europe after WWII.
• President Truman’s stance on communism and the Truman Doctrine.
• The Soviet Union’s creation of pro-communist states.
• The blockade of East Berlin and the Berlin Airlift.
Democracy vs. Communism
Democracy and communism basic principles are polar opposites. Communism is a political ideology developed in which labor is organized for the advantage of the worker and there is collective ownership of property (O’Bryan 2011). In other words, communism promotes “one for all”. Everyone is equal, regardless of position.
Democracy is a political ideology in which the government is…

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