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Origins of the Cold War
by FREDERICK GOULD - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 08:25 PM

The Cold War was one of the most strenuous and testing times in history, a time when two great powers- the US and the Soviet Union- fought an ideological and indirect war that decided much of the future of the modern world. It is very easy to blame the Cold War’s existence on a few notable events in the Post-World War II era, finding the most major causes in a very short time period. However, while these are important, it is also important to consider what laid the foundation for the Cold War, and the much earlier events that led to the extreme animosity between the US and USSR in the mid-late 1900s. Much of these origins of the Cold War come from deep rooted ideological differences since the US and Russia became world powers. These differences were solidified in the October Revolution, Lenin’s coup d’etat, which led to the collectivization of agriculture and the transformation of Russia to a communist police state. This was the start of a Soviet-American ideological rivalry, as the US used “murky” interventionist tactics to try to wane Soviet power in Siberia, and keep Lenin’s bolshevism from spreading. But the rivalry would not truly heat up until after the isolationist movement waned with US entry into World War II. It is during World War II that we truly see Cold War-esque tension. During conferences at Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam, the US and the USSR would fight over the future of Europe in an attempt to balance freedom, and Soviet security through buffer states. This is where the Cold War begins, when the US and USSR both have enormous power; over the future of Europe and the world. When two great powers are at odds with each other, the consequences are momentous- and that is why the Cold War happened when it did. Previous events are what laid the foundation for the two essential ingredients in the Cold War- power and tension, when these come to the breaking point, we are left with events such as the Cold War.

Re: Origins of the Cold War
by KAMRUL RUHIT - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 09:12 PM

I agree with your overall statement however I especially agree with your ending statement of how power and tension can lead to events such as the cold war. The basis of tension many times originates from the issue of power, and when tow major powers clash ideas, such as the US and the USSR, it results in a massive mess.  

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Re: Origins of the Cold War
by Rheanne Carbonilla - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 09:18 PM
I also agree with you and how the idea of power has a lot to do with the causes of the Cold War and how it has been building up overtime. It's like a competition to see who has a better economy, military, society. Gaddis explains how the Cold War had to have issues between the US and the Soviet Union.
Re: Origins of the Cold War
by BEFTU SULTAN - Thursday, March 17, 2016, 12:37 AM

I agree with how there was slowly boiling tension between the U.S and S.U many years before WWII. If only the U.S had been more obvious with its tactics of containing Bolshevism, increased tensions would have arrived sooner than the Cold War.