Competition with each other for better nuclear weapons and space arms all contributed to the increasing tensions between the two countries. The Cold war was also caused by mistrust,misconceptions,and misunderstandings on both sides. There were many things that led to the Cold War. It can be summarized into two main points: the competition and growing tensions between the USSR and USA due to their political difference, the nuclear arms race. The first and biggest cause of the Cold War was because of President Stalin and President Truman’s political differences and their mutual distrust towards each other.
The peace treaty of Versailles had created a lot of hatred between nations, especially Germany, which was left humiliated and isolated. When Germany gained power again and resisted the obligations of Versailles, other European powers became alert and saw the need for new alliances. They all feared another war. Nationalist fascist leaders gained power in Germany, Italy, and Spain. These nations were very militaristic and probed for a new war, especially Germany.
As weaponry advances, the accessability to make and use nuclear weapons will become easier, and more deadly. The biggest fear in the 1960’s was the ongoing war between the US and the USSR, also known as the Soviet Union. In Europe during the 1960’s, the dividing line between the eastern and western forces remained frozen or at a stand still for decades (“The Cold War…” 1). This lead to nonstop conflict and fighting between all of the European countries and their people. During the many years of the Cold War, the biggest fear was nuclear warfare between the US and Russia, then known as the USSR (“The Cold War…” 2).
The United States were strongly opposed to the Soviet Union and any other related party to the Soviet Union. The United States was currently in the Cold War with the Soviet Union because the United States feared the spread of Communism in the Americas, and its sister, socialism. The Sandinista government, which was a socialist government, was a communist party in the eyes of the Americans (Sullivan & Jordan). The spread of Communism into the Americans, previously in Cuba led the Americans to view the new communist party as a threat to their society and the many surrounding democratic nations. The United States, who were currently in state of tension with the Soviet Union and other Communist parties, known as the Cold War, were perturbed by the proximity of the emerging communist nation and felt the need to get involved.
Furthermore, “Billions of dollars” spent fighting the war were draining the economy, while “the fabric of American society strained” and “threated to unravel” as result of the escalation of the Vietnam conflict. President Johnson’s decision to adhere to the logic of applying the “domino theory” as the reason to commit to fighting a war of attrition with the Vietnamese people that had been fighting for freedom for hundreds of years reveals many of his flaws as a leader, such as arrogance when communicating the purpose of the war to the American public,
The Korean war was a horrible event that ended the lives of around 5 million people. In this war the communist North Korea invaded democratic and capitalist South Korea. However, the war was truly between the political beliefs of Communism and Capitalism. The South was fueled by the US, while the North was fueled by Soviet Union. This war was part of the Cold war where the US saw the growth of Communism and wanted to end it.
The Cold War was an event that directly impacted and influenced many aspects of American society during most of the second half of the 20th century. It mainly intensified due to the antagonistic values of the feuding America and Soviet Union who were each representative of opposing principles. Because they were the two remaining superpowers to emerge from the conflict of WWII the contention between democracy and capitalism soon became a global conflict. The Cold War was unlike any other in the sense that it was as much of a propagandists war as one that included direct military engagement. Although the Korean and Vietnam Wars were important examples of military intervention by the Americans in the name of containing communism these wars did
"The Cold War was an ideological contest between the western democracies especially the United States and the Communist countries that emerged after the Second World War" (Tindall 972). The United States and the Soviet Union had differences over issues such as human rights, individual liberties, economic freedom, and religious belief. "Mutal suspicion and a race to gain influence and control over the so called nonaligned or third world countries further polarized" (Tindall 945). After the WWII Soviets dominate European countries and thought the U.S. had the same motives. At the end of the second world war there was an argument about who was more responsible for the cold war the Soviet Union or United States.
The period of communist rule in Hungary was portrayed as a period of terror and hardship due to the methods, which the Soviets implemented in order to ensure the success of a communist regime in Hungary. Although there were a number of rulers who led the Hungarian government throughout the Soviet era, Hungary became a communist country under the leadership of Matyas Rakosi, the leader of the Hungarian Working Peoples Party from 1945 until 1956. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 began as a student protest regarding the harsh conditions and methods used by the Hungarian and Soviet governments to implement a strict communist society. This paper will analyze the main motivations behind the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, using the historical and political processes that took place leading up to this
Its consequences were so catastrophic that almost influenced the whole world. From 1914 to 1918, the Allies versus the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary opposed each other in various ways. The last straw – the archduke’s assassination by a Serbian nationalist made European countries ready to start wriggling. Then the war of hunting power began. Besides military technology and the culture
The end of the Second World War brought dramatic changes to the world, including the role of the United States. In an effort to maintain a global position of dominance, the nation engaged in a Cold War with the Soviet Union. While Americans supported a capitalistic model of society, the Soviets supported a Communist one. These two world powers fought to exchange socioeconomic models for alliance and support from third-world countries. The US was frightened by the spread of Communism, especially to their own nation.
The Cold War put both of these nations at test to see who could succeed the most. Disagreement between the two superpowers, the U.S and the U.S.S.R is what started the Cold War, just as disagreement is the start of any other war. Disagreements grew and became feuds and feuds caused tension, which created an uncomfortable position and lifestyle for everyone. When the United States and the Soviet Union’s alliance ended, they realized they had different viewpoint on how nation’s should