It is well-know that in his first term he denounced the pre-Gorbachev Soviet Union as an "evil empire." And even after the far more likeable Gorbachev came to power, Reagan still was quite stubborn during negotiations, significantly shown when he repeatedly refused to compromise on the development of his missile defence system, SDI, even if it would greatly alter . Repeatedly as political analyst Strobe Talbott reminds us, “In the 1985 Geneva summit, progress on arms control had foundered over the scrapping of Reagan’s SDI[Strategic Defense
Kennedy took a different, more violent approach in confining, and overall stopping the spread of communism. Truman said in his University of Washington Speech that money would be sent to any country that needed financial support in combating communism (Kennedy). In addition to this, he had the same views for military aid. His mission was to support any country fighting communism with the proper weapons if the Soviet Union were to attack (Kennedy). The biggest contrast between Kennedy and the other two presidents was that Kennedy was not afraid of war.
However, the Eisenhower administration failed to successfully mollify these fears, apparent in the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, who pledged not to “dare to tempt [challenging nations] with weakness” (Document I). In the wake of World War II, the American morale was ravaged by fears of communist pervading American values and security. This was deepened by the Eisenhower administration’s inability to address and placate American concerns towards the expansion of communism, the apparently immutable precipice of nuclear war, and the displacement of democracy. The Cold War served as distinguishing feature in the American ethos and served as a defining moment in American
Just as President Wilson wished to spread democracy far and wide, Stalin desired to spread communism far and wide. Almost immediately after the war, Stalin began to taunt the United States. His Red Army quickly moved in on Europe and many diplomats including Churchill feared that Stalin would attempt to take over the continent. The most notable incident of Stalin’s attempt at expansionism was after WWII when Stalin made territorial demands against Turkey and requested Soviet bases in the Turkish Straits. Stalin knew that Great Britain supported Greece and Turkey economically and militarily; yet, Stalin continued to intervene in Greece and
However, once the geopolitical intentions of the US and China were made clear, the USSR turned towards pursuing their own Cold War interests. The Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship, and Cooperation signed in August 1971, aimed to counter the Chinese influence in the region whilst spreading Soviet ideologies. This signing was a strategic tactic for the Soviets to achieve their Cold War goals. This pro-India tilt represents the fact that the USSR faced the inevitable compliance to pursue Cold War interests, dismissing the responsibility to act on the international norm. It was inevitable as This is why the conflict can be seen as a proxy war.
This was because they had quickly realized that the Soviets had separated themselves from them to spread communism. However, this all changed when both sides had to build a defense system around themselves by creating alliances. It was a way of proving that they were strong and if they were ever messed with they could easily destroy the other. On the United States side were Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and the United Kingdom to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also known as NATO. This treaty was created on April 4, 1949 and declared that if any of its members states were in danger, then all of the other member states must contribute to protecting that country.
The fight seems never ending and it appears that there may never be an end to it. All Reagan really did was close a chapter in the book of the cold war but there are still many unread stories and chapters. The collapse certainly did not mean the end of the cold war although many American history books will have you believe this. The Soviets could not keep up with their countries and states so they decided to secede and collapse the union which left Gorbachev to resign and watch the Union go. They were constantly criticized by the US for their flawed system and called it an “evil empire”.
Ever since his unquestionable win in 1952’s election, President Dwight Eisenhower was pushed to the lead of the cold war. While an expansion of domestic and international fear of communism spread, Eisenhower had the success of bringing about a settlement that would end the Korean War. By many people, President Eisenhower has been thought to be taking an offhand attitude towards the Cold War. Nevertheless, Eisenhower was effectively enclosing communism and attempted to guard international freedom from any sort of communist sabotage. In his famous Doctrine, Eisenhower spoke about the inclining catastrophe of the Cold War in the 1950’s Dwight David Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas on the 14th of October 1890.
Yugoslavia had always occupied a special place in history being the first of nations to break out from the strongholds of the Soviet Union. Yugoslavia’s status as most-favored-nation was as a result of various factors which included the charisma and brilliance of President Tito. However, Yugoslavia was a critical component in the US foreign policy due to the cold war that had gripped global politics after the World War II. Yugoslavia had already taken a stance against the Soviet Union by claiming its independence and autonomy. While the nation embraced socialist policies, Yugoslavia was also averse to the idea of being under the control of the Soviet Union.
Competing perspectives and human decisions led to violent conflicts throughout the 20th century. By analyzing different perspectives of the countries that are blamed for starting Cold War and the ideologies that were imposed in the other countries. Two different political systems led to further conflicts of the Cold War. The Soviet Union during the Cold War was a communist country. Stalin wanted to expand the spirit of communism in the world.
History is all about inspiring speeches, gruesome wars, and unexpected events that decide the course of the future. The Cold War is not an example of a war, but a highly important event, considering there was no actual fighting. The Cold War started because the Soviet 's wanted to spread communism, but America was getting in their way to stop it. Three major factors also contributed to the conflict of war, the most obvious one being the U.S. wanted to stop communism, another being both the Soviet Union and the United States were afraid of each other, and finally competition, because everyone needs some good competition. These factors are both reasons why the war started, and "weapons" that were used.
Even though the U.S. pursued to have communications earlier in the war between the U.S.S.R. in the Marshall Plan. This event explains to the audience that the Soviets had no means to reach an agreement, nor steer close to any of the United States reforms in Europe. Therefore a complete act of continuing the war efforts, than to slowly end the long going
The Cold War did occur after WWII between the United States and The Soviet Union at the time of President Ronald Reagan administration. The Soviet union and its government had the ideology of spreading communism around the world. The United States was against communism and this why the country went to war with Vietnam. "Containment" was the ultimate goal by the U.S. to preventing communism from happen worldwide. My perception of the Cold War and the War on Terror is due to the lack of the United States government to understanding other countries language, culture and way of life.