The Cold War A War of the Minds Kevin Gamber World History Part 4
The two super powers that emerged after the war were the Soviet Union and the United States. Both were strong and had very different views. Tension mounted between them and they both realized that while they did not want each other in charge of leading the world, a full out war would lead to bigger world issues. This tension led to the Cold War.
Stalin was not willing to compromise when it came to Communism. Because of his strict views, the United States was uncomfortable with the position of the Soviet Union and therefore the Cold War was started.
The Marshall Plan was a way to improve Europe's economy. The Soviet Union did not like the anti-Communist messages and wanted to create its own version of a package that would stimulate the economy. The Soviets didn't allow the Eastern European Countries that it controlled to participate. This was more subtle fuel for the fire of the Cold War.
The Soviets and its allies were getting stronger and so the Western European countries and the Northern American countries formed NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). This fueled the fire for the Cold War because both sides knew that other counties would back them if a war would happen.
The U.S. and Soviets were at odds over the Cuban Missile Crisis because nuclear missiles were positioned into areas that were invading spaces that the two super powers were uncomfortable with. Negotiations between the two were ultimately successful.