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A New World Order: International Relations After World War 2 1. The Origins of the Cold War
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Europe: 1945 The Post-War Landscape Massive physical destruction The “triangle of ruin” (London-Rome-Moscow) Heavy damage to cities, infrastructure, agricultural lands Economic ruin Worst damage in the east
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Europe: 1945 The Post-War Landscape Enormous Human Losses ~ 40 million dead (> 60 million world wide) ~ 20 million dead in USSR 10s of million wounded, ill, undernourished 10’s of millions refugees Majority of dead/injured: civilians
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Europe: 1945 The Post-War Landscape Collapse of European Power Germany and Italy conquered Britain/France economically ruined Europe’s fate controlled by US/USSR Beginning of a new phase in European history End of European global dominance and expansion Emergence of US/USSR rivalry: the “Cold War”
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Origins of the Cold War US-USSR relations during WW2 A marriage of convenience USSR: national survival US: USSR tied up bulk of Nazi forces Vast ideological differences glossed over Decisions on national security interests and concerns deferred
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Origins of the Cold War Soviet perceptions of the post-war scene Pragmatic concerns Need for security Post-war reconstruction
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Origins of the Cold War Soviet perceptions of the post-war scene Ideological concerns Communist theories The Stalin factor Preoccupation with foreign and domestic threats (both real and perceived)
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Origins of the Cold War U.S. perceptions of the post-war scene Pragmatic concerns Limitation of Soviet influence in Europe Balancing security needs with domestic economic/political agenda
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Origins of the Cold War U.S. perceptions of the post-war scene
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