The Cold War _Writing Assignment

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  • The Cause of The Cold War Alexis Wiles
  • The Cold War was a 50 year war, however it was not an actual war. One of the causes of The Cold War was Communism between The United States & The Soviet Union.
  • The U.S. began to offer aid to countries who were on the brink of Communism to help lessen Stalin's influence. Which became known as the Truman Doctrine.
  • The arms race escalated when the Soviets successfully detonated their first atomic bomb in 1949, and the U.S. worried more about the domino effect when the Soviets formed an alliance with the People’s Republic of China in 1950.
  • The Cold War was also influential in getting both the Soviets and the U.S. involved in several foreign conflicts, including the Korean War, the Chinese Civil War, the Vietnam War, the Soviet-Afghan War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.After WWII, the United States introduced the Marshall Plan as a way to help rehabilitate Europe’s flagging economy. The Soviet Union bristled at the anti-Communist message in the plan and moved to create its own economic stimulus package, known as Comecon.
  • Unlike NATO, which was ruled by committee, the Warsaw Pact was a military organization that was run solely by the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union held power over some of the countries in the Eastern Bloc because it had helped the Communist Party come to power, as in the case of Romania.Stalin was well known for his tendency to use violent repression to achieve his goals, so Hungary, Poland, and Czechoslovakia were forcibly turned Communist by the Soviet Red Army.While the U.S. and the Soviet Union never actually went to war with each other during the Cold War, the two superpowers engaged in many conflicts that were called “proxy” wars.
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