Through strong leadership and technology, Truman and the United States ended World War II. The war was over and the impending peace brought hope along with it. But instead of peace, the United States had begun to prepare for what would be a struggle between the two remaining superpowers of the world: themselves and the Soviet Union.
While one country celebrated and promoted ideas of democracy, capitalism, and individual liberties, the other sought to expand and spread ideas of socialism, true equality, and the final stage of socialism itself, communism. Both the United States and Soviet Union contradicted each other on nearly every reputable quality that defined both socio-economic institutions. More so, both nations had decided to preserve and spread their institution in the post World War II world… at any cost.
Enter Harry S. Truman, whose foreign policy and actions would come to define the immediate post WWII world, as well as America’s policy and stance against communism. Truman navigated the turbulent seas that defined the early Cold War, and set in motion what would become a history-altering relationship up until, and after, the Soviet Union’s eventual collapse in 1991.