The Origins Of Cold War

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This research looks at the origins of Cold war, the political, ideological and economical rivalry between the United States and Soviet Union. This research draws upon mostly primary sources including memoirs, interviews and scholarly studies of cold war era conflicts. Most research on this topic focuses on its connection to the famous events and upheavals, which shaped that era. “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an “Iron Curtain” has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow” (Smith Gaddis) Cold war, as defined by a majority of historians was an ideological, economic and political struggle between United States and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Both countries exerted their influence over rest of the world through diplomacy, economic and military aid, funding proxies and direct military intervention. It is called 'Cold ' because Soviet Union and United States never clashed directly with each other, instead they extended their sphere of influence through their satellites and allies. “ 'Cold ' war, though remained cold in Europe, turned into hot

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