What Led To The Cold War, And Why Was It Hot At Ti Essay

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What led to the Cold War, and why was it dangerously hot at times? The Cold War was a period of tension, from the 1940s and the 1990s, between the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allied countries. These tensions were brought about by differences in ideology, and also by an intense power rivalry. During World War II, the United States of America had sought an uneasy alliance with the former Soviet Union. Although reluctant to do so, America felt that in order to defeat the greater evils of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, that a team with a powerful and lesser evil was needed. Not friendly from the start, the United States and the Soviet Union represented two opposing systems of government. America believed in free speech, assembly and press, and the right to vote on political matters. The Soviet Union represented Communism, with its lack of free speech, assembly, and press. Since these systems of government were already diametrically opposed to one another, compromise was out of the question. Already at odds with one another, when Europe fell at the end of World War II, an intense power struggle started between the United States of America and the Soviet Union. As one wanted to dominant the other, conflicts were inevitable. Not wanting to engage in a “hot” war right after World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union proceeded into a “cold” war. Without actual hand-to-hand combat, they fought with things such as propaganda, diplomatic haggling, and economic wars. A couple of “hotspots” in the Cold War were the Berlin Blockade (1948-1949), the Korean War (1960-1953), the Vietnam War (1959-1989), the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), and the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989). This was due to the growing tension between the East and the West. Each was waiting for a crisis to occur, and this tension was why the Cold War was

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