Communism in the Cold War "The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want, they spread and grow in the evil soil of the poverty and strife. They reach their full growth when the hope of a people for a better life has died. We must keep that hope alive." as said by Harry S. Truman on march 12, 1947 in The Truman Doctrine. While Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy all had the same same Cold War intention of ending communism, their ways of achieving their goal were different.The Cold War was an angry dispute between the United States and the Soviet Union about whether we should spread or contain communism (Ayres 817).
If a nation does not fight for a side in a war and stays neutral then it is not smart to stand there and provoke them, especially if the nation is one of the superpowers of the world. Germany pushed America to step into World War 1 because they made bad decisions on other nations that also took a toll on America. Germany antagonized president Woodrow Wilson 's neutrality in WW1 by destroying ships such as the Lusitania and going back on promises that they made. But the Germans were not the only ones to drag America into this war. America felt that trades between them and allied nations were being taken advantage of, and they felt that they just needed to end the war.
The type of peace, temporary or more permanent, depends on how long it will last as conflict is a part of human nature, leading to the conclusion peace can lead to war. A temporary peace can be compared to putting a band-aid over a bullet hole; it might hold and stop the blood on the surface but there’s much more damage in the inside. The Treaty of Versailles was a band-aid to the other world problems after WW1. First when the treaty was being written the US, Britain and France could not agree to which degree the terms against Germany should be. The US wanted “peace without victory”, France wanted to cripple Germany and gain security from the treaty and Britain wanted middle ground of wat the US and Germany wanted (Treaty of Versailles: How America, France & Britain Benefited.).
A two-front war is simply a war in which one country is fighting on two of their borders. The Germans hoped that by holding off one country while fighting another, it would allow for them not be encounter what seems to have been inevitable all along. Germany had just engaged in a war fought by Russia, France, and themselves. This was one of the contributions to the start of WWI. Their plan ultimately failed but was very close to becoming a success.
This caused many Germans to accept the Nazi regime and probably join the army. Germany had little flexibility with its’ army, both in size and actions, due to the restrictions, which caused Germany to begrudge the surrounding countries. The Nazi regime took advantage of what the Germans didn’t like about the Treaty of Versailles, by breaking some aspects of it, in order to gain support and increase their numbers so they could go to war. There are many reasons why the Treaty of Versailles caused World War Two, but there still might have been other causes; just like how Germany was blamed for World War One, it is unfair to put all the blame of the treaty without acknowledging other possible
Sound Off: Political Considerations 1. What political considerations/constraints impacted the conduct of the conflict? The Great War initially had no clear political objective subsequently this created tension between the European powers involved. Victory and the annihilation of the opposing force eventually became the ultimate goal. The animosity between both sides caused one of the bloodiest conflicts in European history.
The tensions between the U.S. and the USSR after WWII had gradually increased towards a Cold War period. This period without actual fighting had a significant impact on America’s attitude towards the situation in Vietnam. Losing Vietnam to communism would not only threaten the world it would also, maybe more importantly, expose America’s weakness. Whereas the orthodox interpretation praises America for its bravery in their fight to save the world from communism, revisionist’s historians see the Vietnam War as a futile small factor in the larger Cold War Context and criticize America’s actions as aggressive and acquisitive. (21)6America would have the desire to shape the world in its own ideal image.
Americans initially favored neutrality, but events like the sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmermann telegram provoked the U.S. to join the war in support of the Allies (Shi and Tindall 754-757). Less obvious factors, such as nationalism, imperialism, and business opportunity, also contributed to the war. The war ended in 1918 after immense bloodshed, but President Wilson failed to get the Treaty of Versailles ratified by the Senate (Shi and Tindall 773). As a result of the war, Europe was significantly weakened, harsh punishments were imposed on Germany that later led to WWII, and America emerged with a strong economy as a dominant world power (Shi and Tindall
Their size, skill, and experience out weighed the Continental army by a landslide. George Washington himself believed he was going to lose the war at some moments. Guerilla warfare changed the direction of the war. Even though there was close calls the tactics used worked by slowly chiseling away at their massive army although there were a lot of other major battles these tactics won them the war. This implement of skills was crucial to their success.
Many individuals were emotionally scarred by atrocious scenes of the war front that led them to dehumanize themselves and were unable to regain their identity. Countries like Germany in particular ended up in a vulnerable state in the economy, which gave a gateway for Hitler to rise in power. Overall, people believed that violence from “the war to end all wars” would be the answer to solve tensions, but only causes a series of more unfortunate events to occur later on in
Eventually, “a European war broke out. Why? Because in each country [of Europe] political and military leaders did certain things that led to the mobilization [of troops].” Leaders wanted the best military in Europe, even the world, which meant they tried to beat friends and enemies alike. This made for the means for Europe to break into a world-scale
There have been many wars. The American Revolution, French Revolution, Civil War, Mexican-American War, Spanish-American War, and World War I. This was originally the “War to end all wars,” but what about World War II? Though World War I was bad, World War II was way worse. You may ask why, and the answer to that is simple.
1948 became very tense as Soviet planes went over the U.S. planes that were over East Germany, The Soviets didn’t try to shoot down any of the Western, because such it might lead to war. In 1949, the Soviets reopened the borders in order to meet with the Council of Foreign Ministers, to try to have some influence on the Western Allies ' plans for the future of Germany. Even though the Soviets lifted the blockade in May, the airlift did not end until September 30 because the allies wanted to build good amounts in West Berlin in case the Soviets blockaded it again. The blockade brought greater tension into the Cold War. It didn’t prevent an independent West Germany, but rather it fastened Allied plans to set up the state.
Imagine if you lived in a place where you had no freedom, and you were ruled by a man like Joseph Stalin. That is what it would be like in many countries if it weren’t for the United States’ policy of containment. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union wanted to take over other countries and make them have the government system of Communism. The United States didn’t like that, because they thought their governmental system of Democracy was better. As a result, the U.S. adopted a policy of “Containment”.
I believed that the US withdraw it troops was a big mistake for the US and Vietnam. The United States had invested lots of money, time and most of all lives in this war, and by withdrawing the troops before declaring victory, the US actually shattered any hope of winning. The valuable risk of lives was for nothing, even though peace was negotiated. It is safe to conclude that the US entered the Vietnam War because they clearly wanted to prevent the spread of communism. However, the way the war was fought was morally wrong by disrespecting the meaning for democracy, by preventing the election from happening and by supporting the wrong person.