The Origins of the Cold War

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The Origins of the Cold War What was the cold war? A standoff between two political systems: Soviet Union (communist) vs. Britain & primarily US (capitalist) A line drawn between communist eastern Europe and democratic western Europe From Soviet side- cold war started with Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech From US side- Stalin’s Feb. 9, 1946 speech (communists and capitalists are antagonists) Between late 1940’s-50’s: McCarthyism- paranoia, belief that we are surrounded by communists, spies, threats Black listing people, arresting people suspected of being communists Many people laid off work for political views Military buildup, proliferation of ICBMs Causes: 1. Feb. 9 th speech given by Stalin (election speech)- capitalist encirclement: Soviet Union was being surrounded by capitalistic states- he wanted to create buffer states to shield the Soviet Union from imperialistic capitalist states 2. George Kennan Feb. 27, 1946- author of the Kennan Telegram: Pres. Truman, State
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