History 314 - Prelim Outline #5 - US Foreign Policy:...

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US Foreign Policy: Question #5 US-Soviet tensions erupted in World War II and afterward because of conflicts over the future of Europe and the immediately contiguous areas of Southwest Asia—places where Soviet political and territorial ambitions were relatively easy to see. By 1950, however, the Cold War had achieved a global scope. Why did this globalization of the conflict occur, in your judgment? ***I would organize the response to this question in terms of historiography camps: Orthodox and Revisionist. Thus, I would conclude the essay by saying that the reason for the global escalation of the Cold War can be found in the Post-revisionist camp. Orthodox = escalation caused by USSR aggressiveness Cite historian: John Lewis Gaddis Evidence: - War time: buffer zone in Eastern Europe, race to Berlin, lack of early second front, lack of Japanese peace influence - Ideology: No room for capitalism and communism to coexist o Stalin 1946 speech - 1948 Berlin blockade (Stalin shuts down roads to Berlin)
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2008 for the course HIST 3140 taught by Professor Logevall, f during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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History 314 - Prelim Outline #5 - US Foreign Policy:...

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