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Origins of the Cold War Post
by Nicholas Reed - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 07:37 PM

After watching "The Origins of the Cold War", I was able to get a significantly more sophisticated understanding on the concept of global superpowers which is existed from World War II conclusions all the way up seceral foreign affairs policies that exist up to the present day.  John Lewis Gaddis spent a significant amount of time discussing the perspective of Soviet revolutions and Soviet influences from World War I all the way up to the Cold War.  During WWI, the soviets were fighting with the allied powers up until the Bolshevik Revolution which occurred in St. Petersburg Russia, calling for the Soviet Union to be pulled out of the allied powers for a new chapter of russian remobilization and new chapter for the ideology of the sphere of influence. I found it extremely interesting that Gaddis discussed the origins of the Cold War in a timeline that  much greater than WWII and the new deal, because his objective was to specify that the soviet Union had its desire to push for the imperialism of communism in order to function as an economic superpower over many of the economiclly weaker nations thoughout Europe. As the second red scare had approached post WWII Europe, the US policy of containment had developed to function as "road block" to prevent furthet communism expansion from programs such as the Truman doctrine, NATO, and the Marshall plan to provide economic restoration from european nations and form of social security to protect the US from communism ideologies.  The concept of superpowers such as the US and the Soviet Union wanting to create large spheres of influence in European Nations and other nations throughout the globe were primary causes for way the cold war started. Throughout global and US history, different nations and governments had always lived under the desire to have the greatest quantity of power or to have the strongest influence on a society or an economy. When issues like that are substituted into reality, that is what leads to global conflicts such as the cold war in search for global power and influence.

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by JULIETTE LOW FLEURY - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 09:27 PM

I personally find it very interesting that a country that proclaims itself socialist or communist could be as corrupt as the USSR was. it is odd because they were socialists, but also wanted to create a bit of an empire. Gaining territory by invading it in order to use it for your own personal gain is pretty much capitalism, but because they planned to turn it communist afterwards it wasn't?

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by FREDERICK GOULD - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 10:35 PM

While it may not appear to be very communist, the USSR's conquering tendencies can mostly be attributed to wanting the spread of communism. Lenin truly wanted to create a global bolshevik revolution, and only through conquest and influence in neighboring countries did he believe he would be able to do that. He thought that if he could bring communism (by force or influence) to others and create successful states that the world would follow suit.

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by Leonardo Escobar - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 10:07 PM

I also made connections between the plans and organizations for policy of containment(Marshall plan, NATO, Truman doctrine) which were a major connection with how the cold war was in motion.