What began as one could describe as a “shotgun marriage” of the world’s two super powers, America and the Soviet Union, soon escalated out of error and miscalculation through both sides to a situation in which the world was put on the brink of a global nuclear catastrophe. This act would eventually cost America eight trillion dollars, affect the lives of nearly 100,000, ruin many others and lead America into the true horrors of south East Asia.
America and the Soviet Union’s cooperation to defeat Nazi Germany during World War Two was always an alliance of convenience for the common good, and as the end of the war grew closer it only “magnified the growing distrust each great power harboured about the others intentions in an environment of ill-defined borders, altered allegiances, power vacuums and economic ruin.” This conflict between Capitalist America and the communist Soviet Union did not occur because of ideological differences, but rather they confronted each other through lack of understanding and miss-interpretation of each other’s foreign policy. Because of their different views over the future of Eastern Europe, how they perceived the other on the international stage and the Marshall plan what began as a coalition for the common good of both Countries soon climaxed into a Bi polar power struggle that would have implications throughout the world.
One important miscalculation that was the first of many errors on both super powers foreign policies was there entirely different interpretations of what was to become of Eastern Europe after the destruction of Nazi Germany. This conflict was over whether post war Germany should be handled in Russia’s preferred repression or America’s... [continues]
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