Ideological Concern In The Cold War

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Nissa 0943B 13 May 2009 H2 History “Ideological concern was the most important factor that shaped the development of the Cold War.” Asses the validity of this view with regard to the period between 1945 to 1956. The different ideology between the superpower is the main reason for the start of Cold War. However, ideology was not the only contributing factor as the Cold War started from the molding tension that built up in a series of events. This tension, apart from ideological threat, was caused by the Superpowers’ concern of their security, economic policies, as well as the idea of power prestige. Ideological concern shaped the development of Cold War because the two Superpowers’ ideology was the total opposite sides of the coins. Each of their policies such as economic and domestic policies contradicts each other, added with the bipolar assumption and zero-sum perception of the world; it seemed to them that it would be impossible for the two superpowers to coexist together. USA had a misperception about USSR that they practice the monolithic expansionistic ideology, thus stating that every country that were to turn or had a communist revolution must have started off by the incentive of the USSR. One very famous and obvious example is the Greece Crisis, where USSR was not involved at all but was accused to giving aid to the communists in Greece. Another distinct event where their difference in ideology was clearly shown was during the Yalta Conference where the party declined strictly to have their say accepted about the liberal of the Eastern Europe. Stalin strictly insisted for Eastern Europe to be under USSR as they had given them aid as defeating Germany inwards her land but USA insist for them to have a free election and thus this results in the two superpowers to have a tension between them. Stalin’s continuation taking up action such as the Salami
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