HIST 200 Lecture (4.11.2007)

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HIST-200 Lecture 4/11/2007 Last time: closed down WWII Biggest thing for capitalist countries: war is a good thing for economies Dark spots: Japanese internet, racial discrimination against the Japanese Look back at WWII as a good war, one that was fully justified, one that was against the great evils of the world Cold War - Origins before WWII o Origins with Bolshevik Revolution (1917) When the Communists took over Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky U.S. protests against the consolidation of power in the Soviet Union o Don’t recognize the Soviet Union exists until 1933 Even then, diplomatic relations are tentative Only know that Joseph Stalin is consolidating power through purging (killing, sending to Siberia) Relationship Between U.S. and Soviet Union deteriorates after WWII - Joseph Stalin gains confidence because of the great number of loss of people, more confident of success Russia, to us, seemed guided by the obsession to protect itself from Europe. In Russian history, the country has been invaded by Europe. The Soviet Union wanted a bank of states along its western boundary that would cushion it against Europe… states that would either be under Soviet control, or states that would be sympathetic with the Soviet Union (and maybe Communist in their own right). The Soviets viewed this as a rational and necessary result of the war. The U.S. and Britain are hesitant. The two countries don’t want to make a binding contract.
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