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The Origins of the Cold War
by ROBERT SHAPIRO - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 09:34 PM
 

In The Origins of the Cold War John Lewis Gaddis discusses what led to the cold war focusing on the differences and similarities between America and the USSR leading up to the Cold War. Leading up to the war both the US and the USSr became isolationist the US by choice and the USSR because of the power struggled that eventually led to Stalin being in charge and the attempt to industrialize. All during this time George Kennan began to expose Americans to the difference between the two nations showing the cruelty and prisons of Siberia (Minute 13). As the Nazi party began more powerful Stalin signed the German-Soviet Nonagression pact which gave was an agreement between two dictators where Hitler and Stalin agreed not to attack each other ( Minute 28). The deal soured when Hitler made the interesting decison to declare war on the USSR and the US at the same time which Gladdis believed led to the US focusing more of it's early war efforts on Europe instead of Japan. After the war it became very hard to dividde up the sphere of influence in Europe especially because Stalin was extremely paranoid and wanted to make sure there would be no risk of rebellion and because the US thought their systems would be transferable to the rest of the world which they were not. Stalin believed capatalists on thier own would decide to be socialist but the US remained capatalist a huge difference in government that ultimately did not help relations between the two nations.