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h151 response 5 - Michael Joyce History 151 10/22/07...

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Michael Joyce History 151 10/22/07 Response Paper #5: Was the U.S. Responsible for the Cold War? Although the two articles that were presented in this week’s assignment were from opposite ends of the spectrum of whether the U.S. was indeed responsible for the Cold War, the authors agreed on a few major points that led to the war with Joseph Stalin and the USSR. Patterson and Gaddis both believed that the USSR was a legitimate threat to the United States and its spread of democracy, agreed that Stalin was seeking more territory in Eastern Europe, and also that the United States was not ready to abandon its spheres of influence in Europe. There was no question that the USSR was a legitimate threat to the United States during the post World War II period. Patterson believed that the United States had full knowledge that the Soviets were crippled after World War II, but were still a threat to spreading communism in Europe. Gaddis believed that the Soviets were ready to invade neighboring countries such as Turkey to expand its empire. Both fully agreed that Stalin
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