As apparent in Document C, in which the quintessential “nuclear family” sits in a bunker, concerns about nuclear war stood at the front of the American ethos. This fear of nuclear war was also reflected in Document E, in which the question is posed of whether or not the “U.S. [should] take the first blow?” This question of “whether a policy of accepting the first blow may be the best one” became intertwined within the minds of the America people, heightening American fears. President Eisenhower, while addressing the issue of the Soviet Union and its subsequent tensions through nearly doubling “defense spending…of government spending” (Document H). 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).
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.
saw the war in Vietnam as a battle of the Cold War, the Vietnamese saw it as a civil war instead. Unfortunately, President Johnson failed to empathize with the Vietnamese the same way President Kennedy was advised to do so with the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Even though constructivism would fail to explain this decision in world politics, Realism manages to explain it well. The U.S. saw the Soviets as a threat to their own security, both due to their growing economy and their military capabilities. Seeing as the Vietnamese were communists, in the eyes of the U.S., the Soviets had just gained an ally in the South-East Asia region.
After the end of World War II, The Allies— the United States, the British and the Russians — got together to address the question of how to organize the world after the war in treaty of Yalta (from 4 to 11 February 1945) and the other in Potsdam (from 17 July to 2 August 1945). But nothing in history is strictly inevitable. It is plausible to argue that the Soviet Union and United States in the Cold War was an inevitable. The old European balance of power had just been destroyed utterly and only two states were still standing as truly great powers. Britain, France and China were treated as great powers, but that was more attributable to habit, courtesy, convenience and interests than to real
The cold war wasn’t just caused by the Russians vs Americans. It was Capitalism vs Communism, which is not constricted to just those two countries. The Soviet Union had a major flaw. A communist model usually requires a dictator and as history would prove they become power mad and usually mistreat their people.
“The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see”(Barry Neil Kaufman). Different perspective lead humans to make decisions that lead to conflicts, such as the Cold War. The Cold War was a rivalry between the U.S.S.R (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and the U.S.A(United States of America). Cold War had no direct military actions between the countries. Competing perspectives and human decisions led to violent conflicts throughout the 20th century.
IR Movie Review The Imitation Game This movie was set in 1951, where Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), questioned by MI6 agent. The movie then took us to World War II when British were at the verge of losing to Axis power. The Axis had the upper hand at that time because of its advance technologies in 1939. Being one of them was the Enigma. Enigma is cryptology machine that made information intercepted by Allies would do no good for them.
Even Soviet Union perceived the cold war with the west ideological terms. The Cold War was not about territory or economic wealth, it was about gaining the title “superpower” and the support of people and nations of the world. It was “a battle for the minds of men and women everywhere.” The Soviet Union and the United States played significant roles in the Suez Crisis conflict as the conflict was a major part of the Cold War. Soviet Union was an anti-semitic nation and condemned the ideologies of the Israeli nation. Although, from late 1944 until 1948, Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union communist party, adopted a pro-Zionist foreign policy, supposedly holding a strong aspiration that the newly established country would be socialist and would decline the British
It was a fight because of different beliefs such as communism and capitalism. The Soviet Union believed in communism while the United States believed in capitalism at that time. The relationship between the Cold War and the movie is clear. First of all, neither side fought the other, but they were always living in fear scared from any unexpected explosion. Both of these countries made insane decisions during that period.
However, without Stalin’s approval Mao did not intervene outside China until the Korean War allowed China to present itself as a liberator and champion against “imperialists.” Following Stalin’s death, the international perception of the Soviet Union was a state plagued with chaos and disunity, prompting Mao to consider himself the true successor to Stalin and the leader of the international communist movement. Moreover, China’s nuclear program and rivalry with the Soviet Union led to China being seen as an independent actor, not aligned with either superpower and open to cooperation with the west on its own terms. Overall, the texts
Europe was still very unstable because of the effects of World War I especially Germany. Their politics and economy were very unstable, so it was easy for a dictator to take the “throne”. Hitler and the Nazi party soonly took over. The Allied powers continually tried to get Hitler to stop expanding and conquering other lands. Hitler agreed, but continually disregarded them violating and denouncing the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I. Germany signed treaties with Japan and Italy to help them take over the world.
The Cold War Era started in 1946 and lasted until 1989 when the Berlin war fell signifying its end. Many events happened through this time period that shaped American culture and brought us to where we are today. It all started in march 1947, which reflected the combativeness of president Harry Truman. Secretary George c Marshall told Europe that that policy of the United States was not directed “ against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos.” in 1947 the brutish announced that they could no longer support the pro western governments of the Mediterranean in their fight against communism. If the US could not take up the burden the whole region was in danger of falling under communist roll.
 The idea of containment was first proposed by U.S. diplomat George F. Kennan, during the presidency of U.S. president Harry S. Truman, to stop the spread of communism.  Kennan proposed that the United States aid in the development of democratic countries by giving them economic and political support, military equipment and training, and also waging war against communist regimes if necessary. Rebels would be given support so that they could overthrow the ruling communist governments. Kennan 's ideas were heavily criticized by newspapers, but his idea of blocking the expansion of Soviet influence remained a key interest and main strategy of the United States throughout the Cold War. Containment was first used during the Korean War in which NATO forces intervened and fought off North Korean and Chinese forces from taking over all of Korea and creating a communist government.
Douglas MacArthur stated, “It seems strangely difficult for some to realize that here in Asia is where the communist conspirators have elected to make their play for global conquest, and that we have joined the issue thus raised on the battlefield; that here we fight Europe 's war with arms while the diplomats there still fight it with words; that if we lose the war to communism in Asia the fall of Europe is inevitable, win it and Europe most probably would avoid war and yet preserve freedom. As you pointed out, we must win. There is no substitute for victory.” Truman was in favor of containment, simply keeping North Korea north of the 38th parallel. Seeing this, MacArthur overstepped his bounds and openly criticized the President. Truman promptly had him removed.
"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.