The Long-Term Causes Of The Cold War

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The Cold War was a conflict betwen the United States and the Soviet Union which continued from 1947 to 1991. The Soviet Union led the East. This group included couries with communist political systems. The non-aligned group included countries that did not want to be tied to either the West or the East. Harry Truman was the first American president to fight the Cold War. Harry Truman (1884-1972) became the 33rd President of the United States upon the death of Franklin Roosevelt. Harry, had a high school education and had been vice president for just 82 days before Franklin's sudden death on the 12 April 1945. The Soviet Union was one of the five recoged nuclear weapons states and posesed the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. It was a founding perment member of the United Nations Security Council, as well as a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The long-term causes of the Cold War are clear. Western democracies had always been hostile to the idea of a communist state. The United States had refused recognition to the USR for 16 years after the Bolshev takeover. ... Finally, the Soviet Union believed in communism. As you say, the Cold War was not an actual war, but there was plenty of actual violce that happened during the Cold War because of the tensions between communism and the West. To take a large example, the Korean War happened because of the Cold War. More than 36,000 Americans died in that

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