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To what extent were ideological differences the cause of the Cold War from 1941 to 1949?

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Sarah Humphreys

To what extent were ideological differences the cause of the Cold War from 1941 to 1949?

By 1945, the foundations for the Cold War were firmly in place. The two superpowers of the USA and the USSR had emerged as the representatives of two strongly opposed ideologies; communism and capitalism. This means of conflict had existed since 1917 and continued to stand at the forefront of disputes between the USA and the USSR long into the immensely tense years of the Cold War. To a great extent these foundations of the ideological battle between the two super powers was a major cause of the Cold War, however despite the existence of this factor, the Cold War was not yet inevitable. It was the post-revisionist interpretation of the policies and attitudes of both the USA and the USSR that developed during and after 1945 that led to the finality of the severe deterioration in relations. Therefore to a certain extent the ideological differences were the underlying cause of the Cold War, however other factors such as the growing lack of trust, American Imperialism and the Russian threat were also incredibly influential in the cause of

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