The World Of A Totalitarian Communist Post War World

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Post WWII Europe was a dystopian world razed by the chaos of the war. In the aftermath, the only two countries in the world left standing that were still considered superpowers were Soviet Russia and the United States. Tension between the two countries was thick. The US saw Russia as the main obstacle in the way of a democratic capitalistic post war world, and Russia saw the US as the main obstacle in the way of a totalitarian communist post war world. The only similarity between the views of the two countries was that neither system could flourish while the other was prominent. Another war seemed to be around the corner. George Kennan, an american diplomat staying at the Embassy in Moscow, then brought the idea of containment to the table. Kennan’s containment strategy was a long term plan based on containing the expansion of the USSR via means of military, economic, and political force. Containment was an effort to limit the spread of communism, and effort which only saw to anger and frustrate the Russians. Because of the diplomat 's development of the containment strategy, Kennan was the individual who best predicted the start of the Cold War, based on the evidence and the circumstances surrounding the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and the Berlin Airlift. The first event that shows how Kennan best predicted the Cold War is the Truman Doctrine, a form of political containment. In 1947 there was a communist revolution in poverty stricken Greece. The threat of Greece

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