The Cold War During World War II

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The Cold War was a major event in the U.S. and Soviet Union’s history. The main reason that these two countries entered into the Cold War after World War II was power. The USSR and United States had two very different perspectives on power coming out of World War II. This disagreement ultimately caused the Cold War. Russia’s perspective after World War II was influenced by Joseph Stalin. Stalin, the leader of the USSR at the time, was a merciless dictator. His main concern was maintaining power and assuring the Soviet Union’s influence worldwide. During WWII, the Soviet Union lost more than just lives. In addition to the deaths of 20 million citizens, they lost a large amount of their agricultural and industrial resources. Stalin wanted those who were responsible for this mass destruction to pay and rebuild the Soviet economy. The United States had a very different perspective than the Soviet Union. During WWII, the U.S. experienced far less casualties than the USSR at only 400,000 deaths. It also managed to avoid gunfire on the U.S. mainland. These factors influenced the U.S. perspective after the war. Harry S. Truman was a major influence on the U.S. perspective after World War II as well. He came into the office with very little experience internationally and believed that the U.S. needed to have overseas opportunities in order to have a flourishing economy. To ensure this economic prosperity, the United States had to work well with countries that had few trading

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