This paper is due Nov 4. this is the prompt
without question the cold war was one of, if not,the most defining historical mdynamic of the second half of the 20th century, not only for the united states but for the world. fortunately for the world, the 45 years of tension betweeen the united states and the soviet union never escalated into a "hot war," which could have possibly resulted in armaggedon. on a more intriguing level, historians still debate the origins of this " conflict." The gamut of interpretation ranges from the revisionist, who essentially place blame on the united states and its alleged refusal to negotiate with the soviet union in the aftermath of world war II, to the traditionalists, who hold that the soviet union initiated the "war" out of a desire to spread communism and in the process, attain world domination. Perhaps somewhere in between a more balanced assessment can be realized.
In your esteemed interpretation, which events, issues, dynamics, imperatives, etc. precipitated the cold war? once engaged in such a battle of wills and words with the soviet union, how did the administration of Harry Truman and Ike Eisenhower implement their respective cold war agendas? how did they sell their agendas to the american people? Finally, it would only be a matter of time before the cold war manifested itself on the home front with yet another red scare, only this time the stakes were much higher and the repercussions deeper and much more menacing and ominous for the future. Of course i'm writing about Joseph McCarthy and his four- year reign of terror, which brought dissent of any kind in this country to a frightening standstill while Mccarthy and his henchmen terrorized the country with impunity. How did the cold war help to create such a monster and what factors allowed Mccarthy to become so popular and powerful and remain in the political limelight for far too long?
i'm not sure if i'm responding to the prompt correctly. This is what i wrote so far. as always suggestions and corrections are appreicated
Whether one agrees with the revisionists, who blame the united states for not negotiating with the Soviet Union during and after World War II, or the traditionalists, who blame the Soviet union for its determination to spread communism and attain world domination, one must refrain from placing blame on who started the Cold War, a long 45 years “of undeclared hostility”, but rather one should offer kudos to Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin. It might seem odd to thank the person or nation that started one of the most frightening time periods in world history, however if it weren’t for the United States and the Soviet Union’s passive aggressive leaders, Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin, the world may have entered into another world war and possible Armageddon.Although the passive aggressive manners of Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin, on a foreign policy perspective, save the world from complete annilation, it brought on a devastating domestic problem on both home fronts.
In order to understand how the domestic problems of the United States and the Soviet Union grow to its enormity, one must start from the origins of the cold war in order to visualize the snowball effect that caused such chaos in the United States and the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union. There are many debates about where exactly the tensions started to stem from. Many believe that the cold war tensions started towards the end of World War II from the United States and Great Britain’s slow involvement with opening the second front while Russia was losing thousands of men battling the Nazis. Others seem to believe that the cold war started after world war I as Vladimir Lenin claimed that capitalism was a system that “revolutionary communism and democratic liberalism are incompatible because all capitalist regimes continue the institution of oppression and exploitation—private property and the profit system” (Diggins 55). The seeds of the cold war were inevitably planted with the creation of communism because capitalism and communism could not exist parallel to one another.Because of capitalism’s nature to want to spread across the world in order to keep the flow of capita at its maximum and communism’s emergent from poverty and oppression, the two were destined to oppose each other. Although the duality of communism and capitalism is impossible, Russia and the United States decided to place its conflicts away in order to eliminate a bigger problem, fascist Germany. The Soviet Union also place on hold its pursuit of world domination with the belief that the capitalism is going to collapse by its own unstable nature, the United States also thought vice versa.
United States’ president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Russia’s Joseph Stalin used the disillusionment that the United States and Soviet Union can work together in or to better the world, which proved to be very essential to World War II on two different fronts. On the first front, President Roosevelt need the support of the American people in order to get involved in World War II in order to bring the United States out of its ten years long depression. This proved to be extremely difficult because the American people were already fearful of communism. Roosevelt maneuvered around this problem by referring to Stalin as “Uncle Stalin,” in order to make the American believe that a fear of fascism is a far greater danger. For Stalin, this partnership was beneficial because the United States would help defend its borders from Hitler’s regime. On the second front for the untied States, the disillusionment of the Soviet Union and United States cooperation proved to disguise a passive aggressive attempt to eliminate one another, proven by the United States agreement to help the Soviet Union open a second front in order to defeat Germany. The United States and Great Britain were slow in opening this second front in the hope that communism would destroy fascism and vice versa. This passive aggressive maneuver angered Joseph Stalin and inducted suspicion.