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The Title Is "The Cold War" This Essay Is A Thesis On How The Cold War Was In Fact A Much More Heated War Than It Was Made Out To Be.

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According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy," One apt definition of war is this: war is an actual, intentional and widespread-armed conflict between political communities." (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/war/). This definition did not seem fit for the conflict between capitalism (United States of America), communism (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), and their followers. The struggle was later dubbed the Cold War, referring to its lack of physical conflict. Though, if every aspect of this struggle is examined, the name "Cold War" doesn't serve justice to what it stands for. The dispute between communism and capitalism wasn't limited to political distrust and competition. Thus, the struggle shouldn't solely be classified as a "Cold War".There is no exact date that marks the beginning of the Cold War, but its deepest roots are found in early 1900s with the Russian revolution. The people of Russia were unsatisfied with the czarist government in place. In 1917 the government was overthrown and Vladimir Ilich Lenin established a new communist government. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed. Under the new rule, all opposition to the government was eradicated, including external obstruction. The Soviets called for a worldwide revolution against capitalism, which they viewed as an enemy and a threat to their state. This was the first punch thrown in the long fight of the Cold War.It is widely accepted that the intense rivalry of the Cold War begun in the years to follow World War II, more precisely the aftermath of the Yalta Conference. In the midst of World War II, Germany defied a cease-fire agreement between them and the Soviet Union. The Soviets were quick to respond by joining the Western allies (France, Great Britain, and later the United States). It seemed that a lasting trust could be formed between the United States and the Soviet Union due to their wartime cooperation, but it would deteriorate quickly enough (http://history1900s.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.worldbook.com). In the final days of the war, the leaders of the "Big Three" alliance countries (Great Britain, U.S. and Soviet Union: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, respectively) met in Yalta, USSR, in February 1945. They met to discuss many post-war affairs, including how to set up the United Nations, getting the USSR to declare war on Japan, reparations paid to the Soviets by Germany, and the new borders for many eastern Europe countries. The mood at the conference was that of happiness, but the principals that were celebrated at the time would later lead to great conflict (Warren 30). The US agreed to let the Soviets influence and control a large portion of Eastern Europe, particularly Poland, in exchange for them declaring war on Japan. This was a great loss for the U.S, and the fight for capitalism at large. The Soviets had sealed a large area of Eastern Europe as communist, at the small price of declaring war on Japan a few...

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