Explain the Cold War.
The Cold War dominated international relations from the late
1940s until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It was centered around the rivalry
between the Communist Soviet Union and the leading Western Democracy, the US. The
competition was usually through diplomacy rather than violence, but the Cold War got
dangerously close to nuclear war. Basically the Soviet Union tried to support the spread
of Communism while the US did everything it could to stop it.
What caused the Cold War?
The Cold War was caused by Soviet Forces continuing to
occupy countries of Central and Eastern Europe after the war. They manipulated election
results to favor communist candidates. Communist dictators came into power in several
European countries and these became Soviet satellite states. The Soviet Union also
continued to occupy Germany when they promised to leave. Churchill’s iron curtain
speech may have also caused the war.
Explain the US foreign policy during the Cold War.
Truman had a containment policy.
Explain each of the following and their role in the Cold War.