Finaltermpaperforhistory

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Hanna, James W. James HannaJames W. Hanna HIST 4425 – The History of the U.S.: 1933-1968 Prof. Denton Fall 2007 Roosevelt, The Bomb, and Korea: An Examination of the Three Most Influential Aspects of the Early Years in the Cold War (1943-1968).
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Hanna, James W. The Cold War was one of the most unique periods of conflict the world has ever seen. Lasting over forty years, this standoff between the United States and its allies versus the Soviet Union and its affiliates was a time of global fear, but was for the most part devoid of major violence. Defined primarily as a state of extreme tension between these superpowers, arising from mutual misunderstandings, miscommunications, and overreactions, yet stopping just short of all out warfare. Due to the extensive and detailed nature of such a complex situation as described above, this paper does attempt not to examine the entire Cold War, rather it defines, analyzes and connects the three most significant events of the early years of the conflict. The first of those being the initial shortcomings and ambiguities of then President Roosevelt, who’s failed clarity initiated the confusion and chaos that would take the world stage for decades to come. Next, follows the advent of nuclear proliferation, which not only characterized the sum of all fears during this time, but also in a roundabout way ensured the war continued to be a largely ‘cold’ one. All the while inspiring arms escalation and political maneuvering for the duration of the conflict. Last to be analyzed is the Korean War, which proved that this face off of east and west could easily deteriorate into actual armed conflict. Thus paving the way for not only future conflicts abroad, but also future highly influential and longstanding Cold War legislation. Clearly all the afore mentioned events had large and long term impacts upon the nature and outcome of the Cold War, but none are as influential as the actions of the man who is arguably responsible for initiating the conflict itself, President Roosevelt. Roosevelt was a man of stoic qualities and served as an important leader during one of
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Hanna, James W. the hardest times in world history. Yet as the outcome of World War II began to unfold in favor of the allies, he began to act with questionable resolve. His desire for peace led him to make numerous concessions, and his hopes to maintain and build alliances forced ambiguity upon his speech. The first hint of which arose during the Tehran conference of 1943 where “he hinted to Stalin that the U.S. would not oppose post war frontiers being shifted,” 1 which was a highly dangerous notion when confided in a highly ambitious leader such as Stalin. Though the concessions for modification of existing border locations made at Tehran “were purely verbal, Stalin undoubtedly believed that he had been given a free hand in Eastern Europe,” 2 an idea that would become a major tenant of Soviet post war plans. As bad as this initial intimation of openness to Soviet expansion
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