Why Was The Cold War Dbq Essay

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The Cold War was a result of the failed alliance between the US and Soviet Union. For forty years, the two nations were at odds. Each tried to become better than the other, spread their political systems, and achieve world domination. During this time period, the rivals were always on the verge of a war. The Cold War was fought with thinly veiled threats and began due to the iron curtain. The Cold War began for numerous reasons. One being the iron curtain. In Document 1it states,“All these famous cities and the populations...are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and increasing measure of control from Moscow”. The iron curtain was a dividing line between Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Eastern Europe fell under control of the Soviet Union and took on a communist system. Document 2 states, “I believe it must be the policy of the United States to support free people who are resisting subjugation [domination] by armed minorities or by outside pressure. Should we fail..the effect will be far reaching to the West.” President Truman delivered a speech to Congress proposing $400 million to…show more content…
[They] offer the arms race as their main recipe for their preservation of peace!” Khrushchev made a speech in 1956 stating his beliefs that the US was making alliances not for fear of communism, but for a dominant position in the capitalist world. He also believes the arms race could easily lead to another war. As illustrated in Document 7, there was a steady buildup of ICBMS and long range bombers between 1966 and 1974. Document 7 states, “This nuclear buildup led to a “balance of terror” which some saw as a deterrent to war.” The fear that either country could the other to oblivion led to a balance of terror. This arms race led to a dangerous competition which could have easily led to a nuclear
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