This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

To What Extent Could The Cold War Be Prevented?

877 words - 4 pages

The cold war was, in the main, a war between the ideology of communism and that of capitalism where disputes had never actually resulted in armed conflicts (or at least not directly). Furthermore, we can argue that it was a psychological clash, by which the leaders of the major countries (US, UK, USSR etc.) held a principal role. Since the causes of the cold war were mainly psychological, then we can discuss that it was inevitable.The four major causes of the cold war were differences in ideology and aims, distrust among the superpowers, and other critical events that triggered further disparity in their beliefs. The US and the USSR held different ideologies ranging from social, political and economical aspects: The US believed in capitalism, human rights and the free market economy, while on the other hand the USSR believed in communism, ignored human rights, and adopted a central planning economy.Diverging aims materialized as the war came to an end. The US was determined to contain communism and to aid for Germany in its recovery (with her own interests at heart of international trade). Contrarily, the USSR wanted reparations from Germany and 'buffer states' in order to prevent future invasions.Resentments of history have also proven to have affected the psychology of the superpowers: The US distrusted Stalin, the Soviet leader, due to the 'non-aggression pact', whereby Stalin signed a pact with Hitler so that he would not invade the USSR. The overdue of the Second Front was the USSR's motive to distrust the US, where Stalin continuously insisted on his demand for a second front to fight the Nazis but it was only in the late stages of the Second World War that his request was granted. This history became a drawback in the future relations between the two countries.There were numerous events that have caused the tension between the ex-Allies to increase. The main events were the Yalta and Potsdam conferences, the Iron Curtain Speech, the Truman Doctrine, and the Marshal Aid.The Yalta and Potsdam conferences were held in February and July (16th) 1945 respectively. Both of the conferences created several agreements and disagreements, where it was clear that the US tried to thwart the Stalin's plans believing that he aimed at world domination. The Iron Curtain speech took place in March 1946 in Missouri, where Churchill verbally attacked communism, and was interpreted by Stalin as a declaration of war against the Soviet Union. The Truman doctrine served to support Churchill's speech, where US president Harry S. Truman stated that the US would offer support to countries threatened by communist forces. Moreover, the Marshal Aid, by...

Find Another Essay On To what extent could the cold war be prevented?

To what extent did Khrushchev help diffuse the Cold War up to 1960?

576 words - 2 pages Although Khrushchev could not be consistent in all of his foreign policies during 1953 to 1960, his involvement in the Cold War was instrumental to the eventual full diffusion of tension between the United States and the USSR. He made his intentions of ending monolithic communism, reducing army costs and promoting a "peaceful co-existence" clear when he came into power, and the inconsistencies in action can be largely attributed to the response

To What Extent Were the Moscow Olympic Games of 1980 Affected by Cold War Tensions?

2176 words - 9 pages could have had on the games. D: Analysis The Moscow Olympics of 1980 were marred by politics and other mitigating factors resulting in the boycott of over 60 participating nations. While the games were in themselves a success (to a large), it is difficult not to question the role that politics and the Cold War to be precise, had on the spectacle. The preparation for the games both by organizers and athletes were greatly affected by the tensions

To What Extent was US Foreign Policy Responsible for Starting the Cold War?

2328 words - 9 pages To What Extent was US Foreign Policy Responsible for Starting the Cold War?- History Prize EssayAlthough the Cold War has no official start date, it is believed to have run from the late 1940s through to the collapse of the USSR, symbolized by the Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1951. The Cold War was considered 'cold', as it consisted of no direct action, only threats, 'proxy wars' and 'hot wars'; consisting of both the USSR, and the USA employing

To What Extent was the Cold war Caused by Ideological Differences?

1927 words - 8 pages on the world, the West had no way (other than surrender) of ending the conflict…”. In fact, one could argue that the first interpretation of the origins of the Cold War was made by policy maker George Kennan. In 1947, under the pseudonym Mr. X, he published the article ‘Sources of Soviet Conduct’. Kennan claimed that the Soviet’s desired to expand their empire and Stalinist ideology in order to offer resistance to ‘threat’ of the ‘hostile world

What Factors Led to the Cold War?

846 words - 3 pages The cause of the Cold War is debatable. The Cold War was inevitable due to the differences in Capitalist and Communist ideologies. However, one is not able to fully point out who was responsible for the Cold War. There are so many factors that could have contributed to the Cold War. Many of the historians perspectives about the causes of the Cold War varies to a certain extent. The Orthodox view generally holds that the Soviet Union was

To what extent were Soviet policies responsible for the outbreak and development of the Cold War between 1945-1949?

799 words - 3 pages the West zone which directly cost the East Germany a lot of skilled workers because they all fled to the West zone, the effect of the two causes listed previously above could not be neglected. Therefore, even though it was Stalin who started the blockade but it was not entirely his fault in doing so.From the reasons above, examined from military, economic and political point of views, the outbreak and development of the Cold War was not only the USSR's fault, but also the West. Therefore, the Soviets was responsible for it to only an extent.

To what extent were soviet policies responsible for the outbreak and development of the cold war between 1945, 1949?

620 words - 2 pages The orthodox school sees the Cold War as the product of the aggressive and expansionist foreign policies of USSR. This view has been presented by historians such as W. H .McNeill, H. Feis, and A. Schlesinger.After WW2 a power vacuum was left in a large part of central and Eastern Europe. Stalin took the advantage of this in order to strengthen the Soviet Union and spread communism. In the Yalta conference (Feb 1945), Stalin demanded parts of

India in the late 19th century. To what extent could India be considered a 'nation' in the late 19th to early 20th centuries?

698 words - 3 pages Late nineteenth to early twentieth century India, was directly controlled by Great Britain, and therefore, in name, it was a colony of the British Empire and not a nation of its own. However, India could be described as a nation, as the result of India's ability to be self-governing and self-sufficient and the Indian peoples' desire for self-government, as well as various aspects of Indian culture, such as religion, language, customs, and

How (and to what extent) did the conferences at Yalta and Potsdam (1945) contribute to the origin of the Cold War?

1303 words - 5 pages . This particular protocol was highly venerable as it could easily make the economy unstable and later on, needed a brand new currency to hold West Germany together.The third and possibly most important disagreement that contributed vastly to the origins of the Cold War was the growing influence of the Soviets in Eastern Europe. As mentioned, the Russians had suffered the most from World War II and Stalin was determined to make sure there would be

How could the Holocaust have beet prevented

2223 words - 9 pages , soon of millions, was evident for consciences to be aroused, for steps to be taken. Nothing was done' (Bauer, 297).I feel the ignorance of these Nations was the cause of the loss of 6 million lives. Had these Nations not turned their heads away and ignored what was happening, they could have saved many lives and prevented the Holocaust. By allowing emigration from Europe into their countries, by trying to negotiate with Hitler, or if worse came to

Could the Chernobyl Disaster Have Been Prevented?

1490 words - 6 pages --The reactor exploded (Rhodes "Chernobyl", PBS). Now that it is understood how Chernobyl happened, all that is left to be said is how this cataclysm could have been avoided within such time restraints of the 20th century. The April 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine was the product of a flawed Soviet reactor design coupled with serious mistakes made by the plant operators. It was a direct consequence of Cold War

Similar Essays

To What Extent Can Stalin Be Held Responsible For The Cold War?

1071 words - 4 pages previous British Prime-Minister held the famous Iron Curtain speech. Here for the first time an influential figure speaks up about the USSR and that it should not be taken as lightly as it has been taken at the time. Churchill outlined the obvious problems, the iron curtain and how the USSR was systematically taking over E.Europe and how far it could go. The next influential factor had to do with the negotiations of what to do with Germany. These

To What Extent Did The Us Escalate The Cold War?

2211 words - 9 pages points, and a general overview of the war, clearly puts one in the argument to state that the US were the reason behind the escalation of the cold war. To what extent though? We will further discuss. As we skim through the history pages and read page after page of the cold war and the continued conflict between the USSR and the US, we are forced to think over who was doing what and to what extent?There were several events and episodes which were

"Ground Control" To What Extent Could The Concept Of "Service As Theatre" Be Applied To Starbucks?

1185 words - 5 pages evidence. The example of that can be seen in the article Ground Control.Today, people are very dependable on and very involved in services as common part of their living. Like in real life as McColl-Kennedy (2003) mentioned with services it takes act, performance and experience to deliver a service.To What extent could the concept of "service as theatre" be applied to Starbucks?For better understanding of services some of the main factors should

To What Extent Could The Five Year Plans Be Called A Success?

1413 words - 6 pages Five Year Plan, and 82% in the second Five Year Plan. People were either forced with brutal force into doing what Stalin wanted or persuaded by unfair measures for not doing so. This is not equal satisfaction to all citizens.During the Five Year Plans, people were paid better and more fairly than during the N.E.P. Wage diffrencials and bonuses were introduced and workers could be rewarded with privileges such as better housing etc.There was an