The Conflictive Relationship Between The US And Soviet Union After World War II

Topics: Soviet Union, World War II, Cold War, United States, Joseph Stalin, Russia / Pages: 4 (871 words) / Published: Feb 19th, 2016
The Cold War is used to describe the conflictive relationship between the US and the Soviet Union after World War II, which the two powers fought through proxy wars, yet they themselves never fought against each other directly and physically.

During World War II, the US and USSR were allies because they had the same enemy, which was Nazi Germany led by Adolf Hitler and the Japanese; however, the mutual enemy was the only reason why the two super powers cooperated. In fact, the leaders of the two powers were already distrustful of each other when the war hadn’t even ended, and the leader of Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, became alert about the US when he heard about the horrifying weapon the Americans used in Japan---- the atomic bomb. Also,
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After World War II, communism was at a distinct rise, led by the Soviet Union. They wanted to expand their influences in Eastern Europe and Asia. The communists took over Czechoslovakia; they started the Berlin Blockade to show their discontent when the western powers started a new currency in West Germany; communist North Korea invaded South Korea, with the Soviet Union supporting the North, and the US supporting the South. The traditionalists believed that all these actions took by the Soviet Union forced America to respond, in order to keep their own rights and stop their enemy from taking further …show more content…
The post-revisionists blamed neither the US, nor the USSR for causing the Cold War; instead, they thought the Cold War was inevitable at that period of time, as the European powers were weakened after World War II, and the two super powers wouldn’t want the other power to dominate Europe or any other part of the world. The two powers had competing ideologies, and they both owned the A-bomb. The atomic bomb was so detrimental that as soon as the conflict between the two powers turn into a real war, the war would lead to a “mutually assured destruction,” which is also known as its abbreviation “MAD.” However, the power of A-bomb actually prevented a real war, but turned the conflict into a cold war because both the U.S and the Soviet Union were afraid of the destruction of themselves, so none of them dared to take actions. This situation can also be interpreted by a phrase that has the abbreviation “MAD” – “mutually assured deterrence.” The division of Berlin and Germany also indicated the unavoidability of the competition between the two super powers. The post-revisionists stated that the Cold War was bound to happen for the power balancing after World War II, and neither side should take the blame

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