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Who Was To Blame For The Cold War?

Uploaded by RyanPeakesGirl on May 14, 2006

The Cold war can be considered as one of the longest wars in history, it involved the two super powers of the time the USA and the USSR. (West and East). Both of these countries were governed under two very different ideologies, the USA had a democratic capitalist system while the USSR was a one-party communist state. The communist ideology is based on the idea that the rights of individual people are less important then the rights of society as a whole. On the other hand the USA capitalist ideology states that being free of government control is much more important that everyone being equal and alike. Even though the industry of the USSR grew rapidly as they were under the control of the government, their average wage was much lower than that of the USA.
These ideologies have had tensions between them for a very long time, even before the start of the cold war. The tension between capitalism and communism goes as far back as the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917. It continued after the First World War when the USSR was not allowed to join the League of Nations or attend the Paris Peace Conference. During the Paris Peace Conferences countries such as Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were created from former soviet land and this again caused the anger of the USSR. Then as the Second World War approached, the Soviets were not invited to be at the Munich Conference and in return they signed the Nazi-Soviet Pact with Hitler. During WW2 the USSR did not receive any help from the allies until late 1942 when they had already joined the Western Alliance for two years.
The red army and the American army were two of the major armies, which helped to defeat Hitler and free many countries from nazi-rule and reveal the horrors of the holocaust. Even if by this time it looked as the two representatives of the USA and the USSR, President Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin were allies at the end of the war their first disagreement and first major problem between the two countries came during the Yalta Conference. It was about Poland. Stalin wanted to keep the parts of Poland that he had won in the Nazi-Soviet pact of 1939. He wanted Poland to expand westward into Eastern Germany. Which would create...

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Uploaded by:   RyanPeakesGirl

Date:   05/14/2006

Category:   History

Length:   7 pages (1,544 words)

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