What Was The Us's Role In The Cold War

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The United States and the Soviet Union fought together as allies against the axis powers during the second World War. However, the relationship between the two nations was a tense one. The Americans had been aware of Soviet Communism and concerned about Joseph Stalin’s tyrannical rule of his own country; Russia. The Soviet’s, on the other hand, resented the Americans for refusing to treat the Soviet Union as a legitimate part of the international community. The Americans also delayed Russia’s entry in the second World War which resulted in the deaths of tens millions of Russian’s. After the war ended these acts of unfairness evolved into an overwhelming sense of mutual distrust and hostility. Postwar Soviet expansionism in Eastern Europe fuelled many America’s fear of a Russian plan to take over the world. Meanwhile, the USSR despised what they assumed was an aggressive American arms…show more content…
In a hostile environment as such, a conflict was bound to break out, with no single nation entirely to blame. This political, economical and ideological struggle, lasting from 1947 until the termination of the Soviet Union in 1991 was known as the Cold War. Ultimately, both nation’s ideology playing a very important role in the perceptions of power and intentions throughout the war. As a result of the growing influence of the Soviet Union into Easter Europe, following Germany’s defeat, previous divisions between the Unites States and the Soviet Union began resurfacing. The two nations encouraged opposing economic and political ideologies, with both countries competing for influence across Europe. As the war progressed, the American people widely believed the Soviets were responsible for the Cold War and Joseph Stalin was an evil dictator driven by immoral Communist ideology to achieve world domination. The United States quickly established itself as the protectors against Communism to offset the Soviet Union’s growing influence, using
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