• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Cold War Blame. Though Russia did pose as a viable threat to Europe and the rest of the world, the United States should be blamed for starting the Cold War.

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Peter Bertel 3/9/12 Per. 6 Cold War Blame Shortly after the end of World War II, the Cold War began. The two countries involved in this conflict were Russia and the United States. The United States is the most responsible for the start of the Cold War because of its paranoia, lack of trust in Russia, greed for succeeding in creating the atomic b**b, and the unprofessional presidential term of office by Harry Truman following the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Though Russia did pose as a viable threat to Europe and the rest of the world, the United States should be blamed for starting the Cold War. Despite seemingly reaching an agreement with Russia during the Yalta Conference, the United States was extremely paranoid of Russia and that the country would strike out an invade another European state. Winston Churchill also had his fears of the Soviets? intentions. Not a single person knew whether or not Stalin would send his men marching through Europe, attempting to spread communism like a disease. This would no doubt cause a third world war. ...read more.


Throughout the meeting, Truman grew increasingly hostile, disrespectfully interjecting several times to make his point clear. This offended Molotov, and overall, tarnished the United States? relationship with Russia. Truman?s immaturity hampered the relationship between the two countries, and was a significant factor leading to the Cold War. Another factor that led to the start of the Cold War was the disunity between the U.S government officials. After Roosevelt?s death, the United States? view on Russia shifted from trusting to great suspicion. Also, Truman?s war cabinet became very separated in their views, and could no longer stay in consensus. This disunity between these officials and the President led to an unstable government in the United States and the making of poor decisions. Shortly before the Potsdam Conference, on the 24th of July, Truman mentioned to Stalin that the United States was in possession of a new weapon with incredible destructive power. This posed as a large concern for Russia, who felt the animosity felt towards them by the United States. Stalin knew he had to take action, and the evening after Truman?s sly remark, Stalin ordered his chief nuclear scientist, Kurchatov, to accelerate Russia?s work on developing an atomic b**b. ...read more.


Arguments can also be made that Russia was to blame for the Cold War. Because of its previous actions of invading other western European countries, the United States did not trust Russia. Also, the Soviets intended to occupy Poland and enforce communism. International views of Russia were very strained and not very trusting of the country?s intentions. Had Russia come to terms with other countries and put an end to any concerns about its? intentions, the Cold War could have potentially been prevented. If there was no tension felt with Russia, the Cold War would never have happened. Because of Russia?s imperialistic intentions and attempts to spread communism, the rest of the world felt intimidated, which acted as the fuel for starting the Cold War. The blame for the start of the Cold War belongs to the United States. Russia also had an impact in the start of the arms race due to the paranoia the country induced to the rest of the world. The struggles within the United States? government made it very unstable, and would lead to several atrocious decisions. Had the United States been wiser with its foreign affairs, the Cold War could have been prevented. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. Investigation: The Cuban Missile Crisis as a Thaw in the Cold War

    Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev loaded Cuba with 162 nuclear warheads with 90 of those strategically aimed at the United States. Because of this, President John F. Kennedy had to muster a response under pressured and time-constrained circumstances with generals and cabinet members advising him.

  2. Assess the reasons affecting the end of the Cold War.

    Ikenberry and Rozanne Ridgeway. Rozanne Ridgeway states that "I know of no one else of a leadership stature in the United States in those days who would have moved forward as Reagan did...To take us through what became, of course, a very constructive introductory period to the end of the Cold War."

  1. The cold war - the conferences and the start of the cCold War

    of Churchill The Potsdam Conference - Introduction: by the time of the Potsdam Conference, which began July 7, 1945, the war in Europe had ended and Hitler had been defeated. British and American troops had met Soviet troops along agreed demarcation lines in April 1945.

  2. IB History HL, Extended Notes: Russia, the Tsars, the Provisional Govenment and the Revolution.

    Felt that Russia and Orthodoxy were superior to foreign countries (or nationalities) and dissenting religions. 3. Chaotic nature after the assassination suggested the need for a strong leader. Russia was still administratively primitive and economically weak, Russia had always been led by strongmen and Alexander was not willing to risk Russia?s future on a democratic gamble.

  1. To What Extent Did The Space Race Exacerbate Political Tensions Between The USA and ...

    The issue of the Cold War is often most commonly remembered for what would follow swiftly afterwards. The Cuban Missile Crisis was triggered by the refusal of America to engage in any trade with Cuba after the coup led by Fidel Castro resulted in Castro seizing power and allying Cuba with the Soviet Union.

  2. Extended Essay - The Role of a UN-Secretary General to Achieve World Peace: The ...

    T.N: To start with, I want to explain briefly about U Thant?s life from his birth in 1909. Although he had been born into a wealthy Burmese merchant family and became a high school headmaster, he could not, of course, attempt to accomplish this feat alone.

  1. Was The Second World War beneficial to the United States of America?

    . President Franklin D. Roosevelt called upon the United States to be "the great arsenal of democracy," and supply war materials to the Allies through sale, lease, or loan. The Lend-Lease bill became law on March 11, 1941. During the next four years, the U.S.

  2. History questions on Soviet Russia and its relations with the rest of the World.

    According to Kennan, what were the prospects that the United States and other western nations would be able to meet Soviet challenges? What policies should they adopt or actions should they take? Some things Kennan noticed were that even though the Soviet Union is going against the entire Western world, it is still a weaker force.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work