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Extra credit opportunities: see today’s lecture slides 4/23/08 The Cold War Unique time – engaging in conflict but no major wars 1947-1990 Approaches to the Cold War Geopolitics (Cold War inevitable) - Great powers naturally clash - Us/USSR incompatible conceptions of security o USSR: memory of invasion from west, needed buffer, not about to relent o US: saw soviet hegemony in eastern Europe as threat to West - Nationalism o USSR felt entitled to have major state after World War II o US determined to implement a plan for how world could avoid war in the future Misperceptions (Cold War avoidable) - Security dilemma o Defensive actions perceived as threatening/offensive by opposite side US: nato, marshall plan, Truman doctrine USSR: Various occupations, etc, communist proxies in other countries o Both sides end up using their resources counterproductively o Contributing factors: Minimal contact/communication Different political cultures Different historical memories – US isolated, not afraid of being attacked, but USSR was Different systems – democracy (“capitalism”) vs. socialism (“authoritarianism”) Psychological processes
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Simplify other’s motives, assume hostile intentions, should try to consider
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2008 for the course SIS 201 taught by Professor Scottradnitz during the Spring '08 term at University of Washington.

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