Truman presents the american policy as defensive

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Truman presents the American policy as defensive because he feels the need for America to get involved in Greece's economic crisis to further stop the Soviet Union from taking over Greece and Turkey. Record your first hypothesis: Who was primarily responsible for the Cold War - the United States or the Soviet Union? Both states are equally responsible for the Cold War- the U.S. for its self-righteousness in stunting Sovietic growth and its STANFORD HISTORY EDUCATION GROUP sheg.stanford.edu preparation for the Cold War, which it considered inevitable; and the Soviets by preying on nations debilitated by the war to spread its political and economic philosophies. Soviet Ambassador Telegram 1. Sourcing: Who was Nicholas Novikov? When did he write this telegram? Nicholas Novikov was a Soviet Ambassador and he wrote this telegram in September of 1946 to be given to Soviet Leadership. 2. Close reading: How does Novikov describe the United States? What evidence does he use to support his description? Novikov stated that the United States was striving
for "world supremacy." He proposed that because Europe was so shattered by World War II, that United States planned "infiltrate" countries with offers of aid to rebuild. 3. Context: What does Novikov claim the United States planned during the Second World War? If the United States of America was not able to completely avoid participation in WWII, it would enter the war at the very last moment so that it might be able to influence its outcome without great effort, completely securing its own interests. Henry Wallace Letter 1. Sourcing: Who was Henry Wallace? When did he write this letter? Henry Wallace was the Vice President of the United States under Roosevelt . He wrote the letter July 23, 1946 to criticize Truman’s foreign policy. 2. Close Reading: What is Wallace’s main argument? Wallace pleaded with the Senate and U.S. government to strive for a “peaceful foreign policy.” If we are to compete with communism, he declared, we had better get on the side of the people. 3. Corroboration: How does Wallace’s description of American foreign policy compare to Truman’s and Novikov’s? His portrayal of
American foreign policy supports Novikov’s belief that American is megalomaniacal and Imperialist and shows that he believes that America’s quest for peace is but for show as the nation is preparing itself to win the war which as inevitable and that it is trying to build up a predominance of force to intimidate the rest of mankind. Record your second hypothesis: Who was primarily responsible for the Cold War - the United States or the Soviet Union? The Soviet Union the Cold War by trying to invade and occupy weakened post-war European states to spread Communist. STANFORD HISTORY EDUCATION GROUP sheg.stanford.edu

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