Truman Was To Blame For The Cold War Essay

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‘Truman was responsible for the outbreak of the cold war’. How far do you agree?

Thesis:
Truman was to blame for the outbreak of the cold war due to these actions:
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagazaki, the Truman Doctrine, the Marshal Plan and the creation of Western Germany.

1)Truman is to blame for the outbreak of the cold war due to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagazaki.

After the World War II there was a lot of tension between the superpowers of the world. The universal goal was to maintain peace and ensuring post-war security, but each side had a different way of getting on with their ambitions. The democratic states tried to expand democracy throughout the world to make it easier to discuss their divergencies. As for the
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3) Truman is to blame for the outbreak of the Cold War due to the changes in West Germany

In January 1947, the United States and Britain merged their Western German occupation zones (Bizonia). Later, in April 1949, France merged with this occupation zone, creating Trizonia. Several changes were made and, in early 1948, the US and the Western European government announced an agreement to the economic rebuild of Germany, creating a federal government. They also introduced a new currency, the Deutsche Mark, in replacement of the one which was introduced by the Soviets, the Reichsmark.

Shortly after, in June 1948, Stalin instituted the Berlin Blockade preventing food, materials and supplies from arriving in West Berlin. The United States, Britain, France and several other countries from all over the world contributed to the "Berlin airlift", which consisted in supplying West Berlin with food and other provisions by daily flights.
During almost one year, the world was arguing the ethical reasons behind this situation (or the lack of it).
Pressured by the public opinion, in May 1949, Stalin backed down and lifted the

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