Why Did The Us Join The Cold War

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The United States and the Soviet Union fought together as allies during World War II against the Axis powers, specifically Nazi Germany. However, the relationship between the two nations was problematic and full of tension; the United States felt uneasy and wary of Soviet communism, and incredibly concerned with Joseph Stalin, a Russian leader, who conveyed tyrannical traits. On the other hand, Soviets were angered and impatient with the United States for the lack of recognition and realization for the acknowledgment of the USSR. Therefore once Nazi Germany was defeated, the alliance was no more. The following fifty years of constant conflict without direct armed confrontation between these two nations became known as the Cold War. Many…show more content…
These actions support and represent a competitive capitalist economy, defense for the United States’ border, and encourage rights and democracy worldwide. After World War II, the Soviet Union had forced communism upon several Eastern European countries whom of which they had liberated. The United States feared that once a country became communist, other countries would follow forming the “Domino Theory.” Therefore the United States had shifted the American foreign policy to the policy of Containment. The United States must counteract all communist moves and decisions by the Soviet Union, therefore becoming involved with Vietnam. The goal was to contain countries with a communist government, and prevent the spread of communism to other countries. In light of the Cold War, the American foreign policy had included the Truman doctrine. With fear of the spread of communism, the Truman doctrine stated that the U.S. would help and support countries threatened by communism by political, military, and economic assistance. President Truman stated that the United States must support the “free peoples”, if not the United States “may endanger the peace of the world.. and surely endanger the welfare of our own.” (Document One) The establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known as NATO, also came way as a creation of a network of political and military alliances. Lastly the Marshall Plan, the United States had given billions of dollars to help aid and reconstruct Western Europe after World War II and repel communism. Document two shows the countries receiving aid and those who did not: Spain, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Poland, the Soviet Union, and Finland. Foreign aid became essential in American diplomacy, but didn’t help the countries under a communist
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