Defining the Cold War, pp


Questions on U.S. & USSR Perspectives



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Questions on U.S. & USSR Perspectives:

  1. What insights can be drawn from these two documents about the origins of the Cold War and who or what is responsible for its start?



  2. Had the USSR’s perspective been more accessible in America, do you think things would have been different? Why or why not?



U.S. Policy of Containment

  • U.S.-USSR relations worsened in ’46 and ’47; an increasingly worried U.S. tried to offset the growing Soviet threat to Eastern Europe

  • President Truman, having been persuaded by the Long Telegram, adopted a foreign policy called containment: a strategy to block Soviet influence and prevent the __________________________ of communism

  • Idea was to contain communism and let it destroy itself from within

  • To help in this endeavor, the U.S. would form __________________________ (collective security) and help weak countries resist Soviet advances (through financial or military aid)

  • The U.S. created/increased military and security agencies, such as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization); an attack on any NATO member would be met with armed force by all member nations; U.S. effort to create NATO led the USSR to answer back with the Warsaw Pact alliance

  • Policy was seen as tough and combative as opposed to pre-war tactics utilized to “combat” Hitler (appeasement)

  • Designed to defend position of global leadership

  • An incredibly __________________________ policy; the dramatic increase in government spending to promote U.S. interests and contain communism was possible due to rising general prosperity and an expanding middle class in America



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