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Analysis the role of Germany in the Origins of the Cold War.

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Test: Origins of the Cold War 1.) Analysis the role of Germany in the Origins of the Cold War. Thesis: Germany played a large role in creating tension between the Soviet Union and the United States because the two major countries have entirely different plans for the future of Germany. They cannot seem to agree with Germany's military, political, and economic policies. Point 1: The political future of Germany was different between USSR and the US. Initially, the two countries agreed at the Potsdam Conference to keep German decentralized, demilitarized, democratized, de-nazified, and de-industrialized. Also, it had been agreed that Germany would be temporarily divided into four Allied zones of occupation, and Germany should be treated as one economic unit to be administered by the Allied Control Council. United States, on the other hand, wanted Germany to stand on its own again. ...read more.


First, Soviet Union is a communist country and it likes countries to remain communist. Germany on the other hand, is not communist, but Nazis. Second, the US is capitalist and wants foreign trade with Germany and Europe. If Germany remains weak, then Soviet Union does not have to worry about protecting its borders from future German Invasions. Many times, Soviet Union was invaded by Germany, so Soviet Union wants to keep Germany as weak as possible. It is only natural to keep the enemies that attacked your country many times weak. The United States argued that foreign trade is necessary to keep the US economy up. A capitalist country runs on foreign trade and people buying goods. The goals of a capitalist are to make lots of profit and many do them by selling services and goods. If Germany was open for trade, it will become a new place for the US to trade and make profit. ...read more.


The game is whether the United States and the west have more power or the Soviet Union has more power. If Germany became a capitalist country, then the United State's economy would grow instead of crumbing like it was predicted if the United States could not find new market. For a capitalist country, it must gain new markets and traders in order to keep a stable, wealthy economy. On the other hand, if Germany remained weak, it eventually will have to become a communist country. By then, communist control would have spread even further. Germany's fall to communism control can contribute to the domino effect. Germany exists so the tension about Germany cannot be avoided. The only way to avoid the tension is by Germany not existing, which is also not possible. Germany is not the only country these two superpowers want to fight over. All the countries around the world are influenced by both powers. CINDY CHENG ...read more.

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