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April 21, 2008 Page 1 of 3 Lecture 10 The Cold War The Cold War is the battle of capitalism and democracy versus communism The war begins without a declaration and ends without a peace agreement Caused by post-war (WWII) political, ideological, strategic and military conflict Communism was characterized as: lying, dirty, shrewd, godless, murderous, and determined The Berlin Wall cam down on November 9, 1989 In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed Walter Lippman dubbed the term Cold War in 1947 Why? The war would not have happened if the United States and Soviet Union had not emerged victorious in WWII They had conflicting visions of the post-war world Stalin Stalin was a ruthless, authoritarian and paranoid dictator 17-23 million deaths occurred because of his policies His orders were for the Soviet Union to dominate Eastern Europe Transition to Truman Truman was a transition from Vice President to President Tensions had built up in the WWII alliance with the Soviet Union while FDR still reigned When Truman became President there was a significant reorientation of American foreign policy, and therefore the US bears a large share of the blame of the Cold War (US changed directions—1 point) Truman continued FDR’s foreign policy, consequently the Soviet Union must be largely to blame for the transition from a wartime alliance with the US to the Cold War (Soviet Union changed directions—another point)
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