American vs. Soviet Ideals paper

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12 November 2010 Miah Williams Ross Twele Hist 128 American vs. Soviet Ideals Relations between the Soviet Union and the United States were driven by a complex interplay of ideological, political, and economic factors, which led to shifts between cautious cooperation and often bitter superpower rivalry over the years. The distinct differences in the political systems of the two countries often prevented them from reaching a mutual understanding on key policy issues and even brought them to the brink of war. The United States government was initially hostile to the Soviet leaders for taking Russia out of World War I and was opposed to a state ideologically based on communism. Although World War II brought the two countries into alliance, based on the common aim of defeating Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union's aggressive, antidemocratic policy toward Eastern Europe had created tensions even before the war ended. American ideals of democracy are different from Soviet ideals of communism in that the United States tried to promote safety and security while the Soviet Union was trying to expand their influence into other nations. The United States determination to stay of out of wars and make the world safe for democracy after World War I wasn’t very attainable. Before the start of the Cold War, Franklin D. Roosevelt had a feeling that another war was on the rise and that we needed to protect our nation. He addresses his concern for the United States in an article “The Four Freedoms” in The New York Times in1941 as well as addressing the
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ideals of the United States. Stating that there has been no previous time that American security has been as seriously threatened from without as it was that day, Roosevelt also states that, “the future and the safety of our country and of our democracy are overwhelmingly involved in events far beyond our borders.” Roosevelt continues in the article by addressing that if anyone in the United States wanted to give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. It is in the ideals of Democracy that Americans are vitally concerned in the
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