Cold War Essay

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The Cold War was a shocking and controversial event, which is still being discussed today. It is necessary to search the many reasons why it started and how. While the ’why’ or ‘what happened’ is still being argued out over time the ’what’ is very clear. One of the main reasons of the Cold War was that there were huge differences in the way that the East and West were led and as many know disagreements usually lead to conflict.

The Truman Doctrine of 1947 is believed to be the start of the Cold War. It stated that America would help any non-communist nation to resist communist force. In Retrieving the American Past on page 348 it says, “One of the primary objectives of the foreign policy of the United States is the creation of conditions in which we and other nations will be able to work out a way of life free from coercion”. It was simply a promise and was not in any case responsible of dividing Europe into two. The Truman Doctrine was the decision and the Marshall Plan was the action, which seemed to bring the two nations (USA and Russia) more towards the Cold War. What I think may have started the Cold War could have possibly been the Marshall Plan. It was the most obvious attack against Communism ever made after World War II.

There were many factors that caused the Cold War be set in motion, however most of these factors can be categorized into a common mistrust between the two superpowers that were emerging at the end of World War II, the Soviet Union and the United States of America. One of the main reasons was that there were huge differences in the way that the East and West were led and the disagreements about this point. The West was a democratic state, while the East was a one-party state. Overshadowing all these initial Cold War issues of 1945 was the Atomic bomb. The new weapon used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki presented a category of problems. Einstein wrote a letter to FDR asking him to start work on a new super-weapon before the Germans had...
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