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Chapter 25 The Cold War Ryan Seaman 10/22/2020 During World War II, The United States under leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Soviet Union under the leadership of Joseph Stalin would be in a shaky alliance until the Death of Adolf Hitler in 1945. It was at this point where the relations between the USSR and the US would begin to crumble. Prior to the death of Adolf Hitler, these two nations were in an alliance with many other nations as to defend against the threat of Germany. While yes, the two nations were allied at the time, their viewpoints differed in almost every regard; the two nations were simply fighting for the same cause, and nothing more. Therefore, after the end of WWII, tensions set in almost immediately between the two nations. The first actions taken by the Soviet Union proceeding the war were to begin expanding the land under command of the Soviet Union. Seeing as Stalin possessed a formidable military prowess, the US did not take this lightly, prompting the creation of an alliance between western European nations known as NATO. This course of events is now known as the beginning of the Cold War. The Cold War was a time period in which tensions between the two greatest military powers on the Earth were truly insurmountable, leading many to believe that this would cause another World War. The two sides involved in said war could not be more ideologically different. The USSR believed that communism and dictatorship were the most efficient means of government, while the US believed in democracy and capitalism. These two differences would prove to be the leading basis by which the Cold War founded itself upon. Because of these differences, the two nations would refuse any outcome where the other successfully implemented their ideals. The Cold War can be explained by the actions of both nations. After Russia began its expansion, and the US formed the NATO, numerous other factors contributed to the flame feeding the Cold War’s existence. The Soviet Union possessed one of the best forces known to history, the Red Army. The USSR commanded this group and lead it to liberate the nations under German Rule after WWII. However, after anti-Soviet political figures began voicing their ideals, they were murdered by Stalin’s order. This would lead to many people viewing the USSR as an antagonistic force that would need to be defended against. Not only this, but the US possession

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