Cold War paper for GenEd111

Cold War paper for GenEd111 - O'Leary 1 Brittney O'Leary...

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O’Leary Brittney O’Leary Professor Faunce Gen Ed 111 12 December 2007 The Cold War The United States and the Soviet Union were the only two superpowers following the Second World War. The United States and the Soviet’s Union clash began when the ideological between communism and capitalism began in 1917 when the USSR emerged at the first major communist power. The tension between the two powers only heightened as the US refused to recognize the Soviet Union until 1933. The Soviet Union wanted to spread Communism to the world, an idea that Truman found frightening, starting the animosity between the two powers. Bomb scares between both the Soviets and the US began to escalate as production increased on either side. With Joseph Stalin’s paranoia and President Harry S. Truman’s hard-headedness, Truman and Stalin were both at fault for miscommunication and misunderstanding, escalating the tension. The threat of an attack from either side haunted the minds of either side on a daily basis. Russia’s main goal was to spread communism worldwide. In an idealistic world, the Soviets thought that communism would be the answer to every problem; hunger and poverty would no longer be an issue and political leaders would no longer be needed. Stalin was a man of many ideas; he wanted to create four different Germanys. At the time, two Germanys were in place; Eastern and Western Germany which were separated by the Berlin Wall. Stalin didn’t scare Truman, communism did. Both Truman and Stalin 1
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O’Leary were stubborn and hardheaded people. Both wanted to see the world with their own ideals; communism and capitalism. Bridges were burned when the United States developed the atomic bomb. The United States no longer needed Russia’s help with Japan. Primarily, the US thought that if Russia helped with Japan, that in the end Japan would be divided; something that the US did not want to happen. The United States did not want to divide Japan, nor did they want to divide Germany. Truman and Stalin saw differently in this; while Stalin wanted four Germanys, Truman only wanted one, to unite the two that were separated by the Berlin Wall. The Atomic Bomb scare was nothing but an actual reality, even if the reality was that of the danger the US held in their pocket. “We have to keep it a secret
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GEN ED 111 taught by Professor Faunce during the Fall '07 term at Tacoma Community College.

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