Cold War Essay

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Origins of the Cold War Professor Shearman INTL Cold War Leane Cardenas Spring II 2012 “When a power vacuum separates great powers, as one did the United States and the Soviet Union at the end of World War II, they are unlikely to fill it without bumping up against and bruising each other” (Gaddis) The two countries involved in the Cold War were at one time allies, not by choice but by necessity since they were facing the destructive Hitler. After World War II and each country gained superpower status they soon became enemies. The Cold War can be viewed as an oddity in today’s world, a war with no military action and was not considered “hot” because neither superpower directly attacked the other. The beginnings of the Cold War can be seen after the end of World War II, in 1945, between the two great powers that submerged after the war, United States and the Soviet Union. There were differing economic and political differences between these two countries that created a political and military tension for the next five decades. The origins of the Cold War occurred during a time of rebuilding in Europe after World War II. In the Observer of March 10, 1946, English author and journalist George Orwell used the general term cold war. He wrote, “after the Moscow conference last December, Russia began to make a 'cold war' on Britain and the British Empire”. The conflict arose based upon the differing ideologies, capitalism for the United States and communism for the Soviet Union, outcome of the Yalta conference, economic barriers, political and military alliances and the power struggle between the two superpowers. The main cause of the Cold War was the tension in Europe at the end of World War II and by the increasing power struggles between the Soviet Union. The overpowering

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