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The origin of the Cold War and the partition of Germany For four years (from 1941 to 1945), Britain, the USA and the Soviet Union worked together in the Grand Alliance. During the last few months of war, the relations between them worsened so badly that they were almost unable to co-operate in any way. The Cold War had begun after the Second World War. What was the Cold War The Cold War was a war between the USA and the Soviet Union. Both tried to impose their ideologies - capitalism and communism - on other nations and gain superiority by the use of propaganda, spying and building up of vast stores of weapons. The Cold War began in Europe, as the superpowers tried to sort out the devastation caused by the Second World War. Once the threat of Nazi domination was removed, the choice, or lack of it, between capitalism and communism became more important. From Europe, the Cold War spread worldwide as more and more countries gained their independence from European empires in the 1950s and 1960s. Both superpowers attempted to draw newly-independent countries into their own sphere of influence. Since the break of the Soviet Union and the collapse of the Soviet bloc in Eastern Europe, it has become clear that the Cold War was partly caused by a joint misunderstanding of the aims and motives of East and West. Joseph Stalin and US President Harry Truman in particular made little
What effects did Soviet policy in Eastern Europe, 1945- 1948, have on relations between the Superpowers?
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"The Long March was a Great Retreat" what evidence is there to support or contradict this interpretation of the Long March?
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In What Ways did America's Relationship with the Rest of the World change between 1970 and 1990?
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Why was there such a major crisis between the superpowers over Cuba, 1962
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Why was the cold war in place by c.1946?
Why was the cold war in place by c.1946? By 1946 a time of great hostility and fear had developed between the USA and USSR, this was due to many reasons and events, some dating back to the beginning of the century. But by 1946 a cold war had begun, meaning no direct conflicts but a period of time filled with mistrust and suspicion. The USA and USSR shared very different ideologies. The USA were capitalist and were opposed the ideology of communism embraced by the USSR. This in itself was not enough to cause tension; it was the fear of one another's ideology that caused the tension. The USA were frighten of communist ideals spreading the USA, and 'corrupting' the country and its thriving economy. The USSR was fearful of US hostility towards communism. This hostility of the west towards communism was made clear in 1917 where the western 'whites' of the rest tried to quash the communist revolution. This fear of communism from the west has caused them to act in the past, why wouldn't they do this again? Before World War Two broke the mistrust and fear of one another grew. The USSR even tried to negotiate an alliance with the west, which was rejected and therefore obviously angered Stalin as he saw this as the west not trusting him. Both the west and USSR saw the common threat of Hitler and both on the defence tried to strike deals with him. But these acts of negotiation gave
Generacion del 98 Argentina
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Which was more important as a reason for the development of the Cold War Stalins action in Eastern Europe 1945-49 or the Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan 1947 1948
History Homework - Which was more important as a reason for the development of the Cold War in the years 1945 - 1948 * Stalin's action in Eastern Europe 1945-49 * The Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan 1947 - 1948 Stalin's actions in Eastern Europe helped develop the Cold War because he slowly took over the countries of Eastern Europe who were quite weak as these countries were in Nazi control and were devastated after the war. Stalin's army freed each of these countries from the Nazi's and set their communist governments in these countries. Stalin also broke his promise that he will allow free elections in Eastern Europe. The reason why Stalin imposed Communism on Eastern Europe was because Stalin wanted to build a buffer zone on the Western border because this would prevent and further invasion of Soviet Russia. Stalin did this to product Russia as Russia was affected very badly from both World War One and World War Two. However the West believed the Stain did this because he wanted to spread Communism all around the world. This shows that Stalin's action in Eastern Europe created tension and suspense and this helped to develop the Cold War. The Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan helped develop the Cold War because it stopped the USSR from spreading anywhere and many communists felt that USA was declaring a war against Communism. The reason Truman made his speech
Keeping Mandela in prison between 1964 and 1990 was a mistake(TM)
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In 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Why did the Americans decide to carry out these attacks? Explain your answer.
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