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An unnatural alliance that was about to fall apart after the defeat of the common enemy(TM). To what extent does this explain the origin of the cold war?

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'An unnatural alliance that was about to fall apart after the defeat of the common enemy'. To what extent does this explain the origin of the cold war? As WWII had ended in 1945, many experts believed that peace would finally come towards them and expected to see no war for a while. However the conflict began again, this time between the two superpowers (USA, Soviet Union). Unlike WWII, the conflict between the two super powers was more like a relation problem rather than actual war conflict over territories. Ironically the two nations met alliance during the battle against Germany and Japan, but as soon as the war had ended, the positive relation got separated. Through the 'Cold War' serious conflicts began between the two nations. As soon as Adolf Hitler declared war on USA in December 11th 1941, this decision automatically made the US army join WWII, making alliances with several European nations. By the time the US had arrived in Europe, pressure was increasing to the German army and slowly they began to lose their territories. USA, Soviets and allies had worked quite well to push the Germans back and in 1944 they were able to invade Normandy (Mostly the victory was deserved to the US). ...read more.

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As the Soviets marched to the Far East, the US thought that they wouldn't need any Soviet help and they were also desperate to end the war against Japan so on August 6th they dropped the atomic bomb in Hiroshima killing over 700,000 people. By the time the atomic bomb was dropped the Soviets were in Manchuria (they declared war on Japan on the 8th.). In August 9th, the US dropped their second atomic bomb in Nagasaki which also killed a lot of people. The bomb dropped in Nagasaki was one of the mysteries which historians couldn't find the actual purpose. Some believe that the second bomb was dropped because the Japanese didn't surrender after the first bomb was dropped in Hiroshima; also some argue that the second bomb was used to intimidate Stalin. Other Historians say that the weapon was used to stop the Soviet forces in Manchuria heading south towards the Korean Peninsula. Truman's successor Eisenhower said 'It wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing'. He believed that Truman's intention of using the second bomb was to frighten the Soviets. On September 2nd the Japanese surrender was officially signed on board the US battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. After WWII the relation between the US and Soviets were like cats and dogs; many people believed that there could be another war, this time between the two superpowers and USA wanted to avoid another war. ...read more.

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The cause of the 'Cold War' was mainly by the two super powers, and basically it was more like a power competition between the two nations. WWII can be seen as a major reason for the two nations to fight each other. As the Germans surrendered in 1945, USA and Russia were all hungry for territories, which soon caused a diplomatic problem. Some Historians revealed that the blame for the Cold War was on the Americans. Gar Alperovitz for example blamed Truman for using the atomic weapon, which changed the relation worse with the Soviets. 'Truman decided to drop the bomb as a means to intimidate the Soviet Union'. If the Soviets and the US prevented greediness than probably their relation would remain as it was during WWII. President Roosevelt's death can be seen as another problem that caused the cold war. While he was alive he made a lot of agreements with Stalin but after his death, the relation between the two countries got shaken and some of the agreements were not met, causing conflicts. Also if President Truman would not have used the atomic bomb than the Cold War might not have existed and the relations with the super powers would have been better. ?? ?? ?? ?? 8/3/08 ...read more.

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