Causes of the cold war

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  • What was the Cold War, and what were the causes of the war?
  • The Cold war was not an actual war but, instead, was a term used for 50 years. It was instead used because The United Stated and the Soviet Union almost found themselves engaged in a war. So what caused the Cold War?
  • The United States and the Soviet Union were constantly trying to be better than the other. That was one of the bigger causes of the war.
  • They would try to be the best by being the first to launch a successful mission into space. They were also trying to have the best military, and it was starting to get expensive, so they both focused on building the best nuclear weapons.
  • The United Stated the formed the Truman Doctrine which would offer aid to countries that were on the brink of Communism. The Soviet Union then developed Comecon, to provide aid to their Eastern European allies who had turned down the U.S. aid.
  • Then in 1949 there was even more tension, when The United States joined NATO. The Soviet Union then joined The Warsaw Pact. So as you can see that The United States and The Soviet Union were always trying to be better than the other and that caused quite a bit of tension between the two.
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