The story of the Cold War is the story of Joseph Stalin

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The story of the Cold War is the story of Joseph Stalin. From the time of the Grand Alliance Stalin was already preparing for a world-wide Stalinist revolution. It was through his aggressive actions that the Cold War originated. Upon his death there is a distinctive shift in Soviet ideology and tactics. Stalin’s personal security issues caused a great deal of national security issues for the United States and the rest of the world. Since before World War 2 Stalin had been plotting regional hegemony in Eastern Europe. This is apparent in the Nonaggression Pact of 1939. Stalin made a de facto alliance with Nazi Germany that created spheres of influence in Europe between the two powers. This alignment allowed Stalin to take Eastern Poland in 1939 and invade the Balkans, Finland, and Romania without resistance. The Nonaggression Pact is important because Communists and Fascist are ideologically incompatible. The pact shows that Stalin’s personal expansionist goals outweigh the Communist mission of world revolution. By controlling the political culture of the Soviet Union and eliminating political rivals Stalin maintains strict control of the Communist Ideology. Communism is crafted as he sees it. Essentially Stalin wants a world revolution, not for Communism, but for his own selfish gains. When Stalin formed the Nonaggression Pact with Hitler he was doing so as an aggressor. The Nonaggression Pact meant that Germany and the Soviet Union would be aggressive to everyone but each other. When Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, Stalin formed the Grand Alliance with Roosevelt and Churchill. The Grand Alliance was a sham, built out of a necessity to defeat the Nazi’s. America and Britain were both Capitalist superpowers and the Soviet Union had no business aligning with these nations. In fact, the Soviet Union had an organization called Communist International (Comintern) whose sole purpose was the overthrowing of Capitalist countries. The antagonism goes both ways, as the Americans and British fought
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against the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War. Ideologically speaking, these two sides should hate each other; but they maintain a cordial relationship in the face of the German threat. Zubok outlines how Stalin never really trusted or liked the other allies: “Always an opportunist of power, he succeeded at home by allying with some of his rivals against others and then destroying them all. Presumably, he was inclined to the same scenario in foreign affairs.(Zubok pg.18)” Stalin used the Grand Alliance to further his own ambitions. Stalin’s ambitions were made clear to Churchill during the Percentages Agreement. It was at the Percentages Agreement that Stalin revealed to Churchill his plans for regional control. The war wasn’t over yet, but Stalin was already focused on regional hegemony. This shows that Stalin’s motivation goes much further than some sort of national security dilemma; Stalin wanted power for power’s sake. Stalin did a good job of hiding his intentions though.
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