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Day5_ColdWar - 1 What Was the Cold War? Ideological...

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What Was the Cold War? Ideological struggle East vs. West Democracy vs. Communism Good vs. Evil? Cold No hot war ever broke out Proxy wars fought instead Nuclear weapons central
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Cold War Odd for several reasons US and Soviet Union allies in WWII Not a hot war Ended somewhat unexpectedly Perspectives offer different takes on how it started, was perpetuated, and ended Liberalism: Institutions Technology Ideas Realism: Material force/power Ideas Identity Theory: Ideas New behavior
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Realism How the Cold War started Domestic level Soviet Union aggressive US had expansionist capitalist system Systemic level: security dilemma Power vacuum in eastern Europe Had to compete to fill it How it ended Deterrence Arms race bankrupted Soviet Union
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Start of the Cold War Soviet aggression Controlled eastern Europe, half of Germany, entered Romania and Iran Containment in 1946 Approved North Korean invasion of South Korea US expansion – revisionist interpretation Most powerful country Assumed unification of Germany, took away aid Marshall Plan: integrate western Germany into European economic cooperation Berlin Blockade (1948-9): first physical confrontation
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Start of the Cold War Power vacuum How to rebuild Germany? Split between two great powers - balance Spheres of influence Balances power Agree to non-interference Yalta Conference (1945) Set up this sphere of influence Issue of Poland
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Expansion of Cold War Balance of Terror Why global? Nuclear weapons create balance of terror
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2011 for the course POL POL 003 taught by Professor Randolphsiverson during the Summer '09 term at UC Davis.

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