The Cold War Had A Significant Impact On American Foreign

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The Cold War had a significant impact on American foreign policy, changing it substantially in both attitudes to social and economic factors. The heavy influence of a difference in political standing between the Soviet Union and the United States, in conjunction with the high tensions that followed in the post war period, set the foundations for American foreign policy to adapt and change to better suit the developing political agender of the time. Socially, the two sides were heavily split, with the Soviet Union seeking communist support and allies whilst the US sought to counter their progress in a similar manner. Economically these relations with foreign countries that either joined the eastern or western blocs helped to further the…show more content…
In conjunction to this, the fact that Woodrow had declined the US ' invitation to join the League of Nations after World War 14, further influenced and developed a new American foreign policy during the Cold War. This was a result of a lack of proper dedication of direct support from the US in foreign affairs and therefore in order to seek out foreign aid against the threat of communism and the Soviet Union, they had to adapt their foreign policy to offer a great deal of benefits in order to gain support. The failure of the League of Nations in 19465 aided the US heavily in terms of this regard however, as it allowed them an easier platform to offer 'isolated ' foreign powers diplomatic support and form a new allegiance against the larger threat of the Soviet Union. In conclusion there were other factors long before the Cold War began to set the foundations for how American foreign policy was conducted after 1945. However, 1946 was almost certainly an initial turning point in which foreign policy had to be adapted due to the rising tensions of foreign powers and the 'isolation ' some countries shared after the League of Nations disbanded. Social factors of the Cold War played a large role both in how the United States had to adapt their foreign policy, as well as how it benefited them in some regards. The US
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