America and Cold War Essay

1583 WordsDec 12, 20137 Pages
Histroy 2020 America’s Role in the origins of The Cold War In the aftermath of World War II, the world was left in ruins. The two emerging super powers, the United States and the Soviet Union, battled for influence over the new world order. While the Soviets sought further communist expansion, the United States provided tangible, direct support to the nations of war torn Europe in effort to expand Americas sphere of influence while diminishing Soviet sphere of influences. America successfully and carefully completed their objectives of gaining a significant foothold in reconstruction of post war Europe by the implementation of the Truman Doctrine and Marshall plan. These gave America a significant foothold in Europe and in developing its future. America’s involvement in the Cold War broke out as a result of warring ideologies of American capitalism and Soviet communism, mistrust between the Allies and the Soviet Union following World War II, and the American development and usage of the Atomic bomb. Americas role in the Cold War was to contain Soviet Expansion. Tension between the United States and the Soviet Union goes long before the Cold War years. To fully analyze the causes of tension which became the Cold War and role of the United States one must go the countries’ origins. Russia had a system of expansionism inherent within its history. From 1500-1800, Russia began to demonstrate expansionist tendencies (Gascoigne 1). This characteristic would spawn similar actions after the Second World War, when a war torn Europe lay bare and defenseless before the Iron Curtain. During the First World War, Russia initially sided with the Allies until the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918. It was in this time that leader Vladimir Lenin established authority in Russia. He transformed the country into the communistic Soviet Union. Following the communistic revolution, the

More about America and Cold War Essay

Open Document