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HIS 144 Topic 7 DQ 2 The Second World War affected the foreign policies of the United States in the postwar world. How did the strained allied relationships, particularly those of the United States and the U.S.S.R. contribute to initiating the Cold War? Discuss the key events that occurred from the Berlin Airlift to the Cuban Missile Crisis and their impact on the United States. With America becoming the most powerful country in the world following WWII and proclaiming a new global order based on democracy and capitalism, the Soviet Union rejected that order favoring communism and aligning itself with other countries who were friendly to its communist beliefs (Shultz, 2016, pg. 461). The United States, suspicious of the idea of communism, felt that this was the Soviet Union’s way of dethroning capitalism through a worldwide revolution. After WWII ended, postwar Germany was divided into four occupation zones amongst the U.S., the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and France (Shultz, 2016, pg. 464). Fearing Western influence when America,

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