Causes of the Cold War

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  • Causes of the Cold War By Alexis Steiner
  • The end of World War II saw the emergence of two superpowers,​ the USA and the USSR, who were locked in a struggle which lasted for 45 years. This was known as the Cold War. This conflict had a wide range of causes which included...
  • USA -Democratic and capitalist -Free elections -Free markets
  • USSR -Communist state -No free elections -State-governed markets
  • Differing Ideologies
  • The US supported nations that resisted the spread of Communism using a strategy known as the Truman Doctrine.
  • This caused the USSR to provide help to their allies who had turned down aid from the US (this was called Comecon). 
  • NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in 1949
  • -United States -Canada -Great Britain -France -Portugal -Norway -Belgium -Iceland -Luxembourg -The Netherlands -Italy
  • Tensions rose even more after the formation of...
  • Warsaw Pact in 1955
  • -Soviet Union -Yugoslavia -Albania -East Germany -Bulgaria -Czechoslovakia -Poland -Romania
  • In 1945, the US successfully tested their first A-Bomb. 
  • The US began to develop the H-bomb.
  • In 1949, the USSR successfully detonated their first A-bomb.
  • In 1952, the USSR exploded its own H-bomb.
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