Post World War II : The Soviet Union

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Post World War II, both the United States and the Soviet Union were fearful of fighting each other directly from fear of nuclear weapons and mass destruction (D. Johnson, P. Murray). Instead, they fought each other by participating in wars on separate parts of the world. Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union constantly fluctuated due to both sides trying to influence political and economic developments around the world (D. Johnson, P. Murray). Following World War II, the United States was intimidated by the Soviet Union due to their lack of trust with the nation and the fear of the spread of communism. The United States feared that there was a potential that the communism could flow into the country and take away their freedoms. Following the war, the Soviet Union captivated Eastern European states as a way to provide a buffer zone if the Western States were to attack them, thus resulting in an additional, increased lack of trust from the West. “Much to the dismay of the Allies, the nations of Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia all had communist governments by 1948 (Linda Delaine).” Due to the countries being under communist control, the West had no access to resources, resulting in the hostility between the two States. The United States decided to combat the communist country with strategical approaches. Several policies were utilized by the United States to battle communism during this time. The first

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