• Cold War Soviet Union
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    1991 Gorbachev resigns as president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev announces that he is resigning as president of the Soviet Union. In truth, there was not much of a Soviet Union from which to resign -- just four days earlier, 11 of the former Soviet republics had established the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), effectively dismembering the USSR. The Soviet Union, for all intents and purposes, had already ceased to exist. In his farewell speech to the nation, Gorbachev indicated that the...
  • United States Soviet Union Stalin
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    It is not difficult to lay blame to either the United States or the Soviet Union for the causes of the Cold War; the blame is to be put on the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin was not looking to do what was best for the economy or the people. His ideas of being a dictator became bigger soon after the end of World War II. He immediately looked to take control over Eastern Europe. His reasons for doing so were not for economic gain but for becoming a major world dictator. There were many differences be...
  • Atom Bomb War Japan Atomic
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    The United States' decision to drop the atomic bomb was intended to intimidate and keep the Soviet Union from invading Japan, but was also to end the war. Even without the atomic bomb, the Japanese empire would have collapsed. The United States, however, did not want to let the Soviet Union enter the war and invade Japan in order to spread communism. Before the atomic bomb, the US had already developed plans for the invasion of Japan. Therefore, there is great speculation that the bomb was dropp...
  • Who If Any One Won The Cold War
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    The time period between 1945 and 1991 is considered to be the era of the Cold War. The Cold War, known as the conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union, each known during this time as the "super powers." This conflict consisted of the differing attitudes on the ideological, political, and military interests of these two states and their allies, ext e need around the globe. A common political debate covers the issue of who, if anyone won the Cold War. Many believe the United States ...
  • Soviet Union Stalin American Roosevelt
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    No issue in twentieth-century American history has aroused more debate than the question of the origins of the Cold War. Some have claimed that Soviet duplicity and expansionism created the international tensions, while others have proposed that American provocations and imperial ambitions were at least equally to blame. Most historians agree both the United States and the Soviet Union contributed to the atmosphere of hostility and suspicions that quickly clouded the peace. At the heart of the r...
  • Causes Of The Cold War
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    Causes of the Cold War The Cold War occurred during a time of rebuilding for Europe. It characterized international relations and dominated the foreign policies of Europe. It affected all of Europe and determined lasting alliances. The Cold War was caused by the social climate and tension in Europe at the end of World War II and by the increasing power struggles between the Soviet Union. Economic separation between the Soviets and the west also heightened tensions, along with the threat of nucle...
  • Cold War United States
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    Dear President Bush, I would like to advise you on the causes, course and effects of the Cold War in hopes that you this will help you in shaping your current foreign policy. The Cold War is a term used to describe the intense rivalry and strained relations between the two superpowers that had arose after World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union. This period of hostility mainly resulted from ideological differences, and mutual distrust between the two blocks. Following World War II, ...
  • Truman Doctrine United States
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    The Truman Doctrine In order to contain Communism, President Harry S. Truman issued the Truman Doctrine in 1947, which provided aid to Greece and Turkey. The United States gave aid to those countries, specifically, because it felt they were most threatened by Communism during the time of the Cold War (Ferrell, pg. 105). Communism is an economic system in which a single party controls the means of production with the aim of establishing a classless society (Encarta). The period after World War I...
  • Soviet Union Country Countries People
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    There are many events worthy of our recognition but some will be remembered for many years to come. Fifty years from now, every person in the world should remember the year in which the Soviet Empire collapsed. The Soviet Union was one of the most dangerous and most feared of all the countries in the world during the time it existed. The Soviet Union was the largest country in the world because of all the republics it had within it. The collapse of the Soviet Union will always be remembered beca...
  • Soviet Union Kennedy Nuclear War
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    Introduction: Khrushchev must not be certain that, where its vital interests are threatened, the US will never strike first. As Kennedy says, "In some circumstances we might have to take the initiative. ! " These words, readily published in 1962, became the verification to both Khrushchev and Kennedy that the Soviet Union and the United States would be preparing for a nuclear war. One could simply take Kennedy's threat at face value. The United States in 1962 was a growing empire whose military ...
  • The Cold War West Union Soviet
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    The Cold War The Cold War is the shifting struggle for power and prestige between the Western powers and the Communist bloc from the end of World War II until 1989. The Cold War was a fight between democracy and communism. There had always been mutual suspicion between the West and the USSR. This suspicion could be seen in the alliances these two powers had made during World War II. Even after the war, the West felt threatened by the continued expansion policy of the Soviet Union. Soviet Union a...
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis 2
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    The Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 is the closest the world has ever come to nuclear war. The Soviets had installed nuclear missile silos in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of the United States. U. S. armed forces were put at their highest state of readiness. Soviet field commanders in Cuba were authorized to use nuclear weapons if invaded by the U. S. The fate of millions literally hinged on the ability of two men, John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev,...
  • Collapse Of The Ussr
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    The causes and reasons for the decline and ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union are many and of a vastly varying nature. Yet, despite the various schools of thought on this issue, these causes can generally be placed into two differing scopes, those being the domestic and international arenas. Much emphasis is placed on the role that international factors played in the demise of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). But particular domestic factors that the Soviet Empire was faced with...
  • The Cold War United States
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    In this paper I will discuss what actions and thoughts added up to cause the cold war. The cold war lasted from September 1, 1945 to about December 25, 1991. That is about forty-five years, which is an extremely long time. The cold war was a global competition basically between two sides, the Free World, which was led by the United States of America, and the Communist World led by the Soviet Union. The struggle took place through indirect military conflict, and direct competition in the areas of...
  • Soviet Union A Road To Nowhere
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    Soviet Union Essay Question "The Soviet experience was 70 years on the road to nowhere" is a statement that I think is completely true. Russia's 146 million people suffered one of the most dysfunctional political economies in history. Under the Soviet system, Gosplan, the Soviet economic planning agency, decided what and how much to produce throughout the Soviet Union, and its decisions were distributed in rigid "five-year plans." Gosplan ignored consumers' preferences; it relied on production q...
  • Soviet Union Gorbachev War Cold
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    After World War II, the Soviet Union's economy had declined. Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union, felt compelled to do something to reverse the economic decline and decay. Gorbachev believed that the Soviet Union needed a change and he wanted his nation to catch up with the economic advances of other nations. "Gorbachev's aim had been to strengthen the political and economic systems that he inherited, to strip away their Stalinist accretions and made the Soviet Union a modern dynam...
  • Soviet Union Stalin Regime Propaganda
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    Why was Stalin able to secure his hold on power in the Soviet Union in the years 1928 - 1941? (15) Between the years 1928 and 1941 Stalin achieved total control of the Soviet Union. His use of terror was an important factor in this control, as was Stalin's use of propaganda and the fact that the Soviet Union was transformed into an industrial superpower Terror was certainly extremely important. The brutal enforcement of Collectivisation and the Purges ensured that any potential oppositi...
  • Cuban Missile Crisis Close Call For Nukes
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    Cuban Missile Crisis The world's closest call with nuclear war was the Cuban Missile Crisis. Steaming this problem on was both Soviet insecurity and Cuba's fear of U. S. invasion. Tension and secrecy drove the three nations to the breaking point, and yet, miraculously, not a missile was launched. What caused such a virulent situation? Well, there were two main factors provided by Cuba and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was far behind in the arms production race with the U. S. , and they fea...
  • Eastern Europe Stalin Soviet War
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    The Soviet Union had fought alongside America and Britain, to defeat Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan in the Second World War. At the end of the war, devastation was wide-spread. The Soviet Union was terribly affected by war, ruined by war. Total Soviet casualties doubled those of any other nation. Millions were homeless, without husbands, without an economy to get them back on their feet. Now that the war had ceased, the USSR and United States had no reason to co-operate as they had previously. I...
  • Collapse Of The Soviet Union
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    by Wilson Salman The Soviet Union was a global superpower, possessing the largest armed forces on the planet with military bases from Angola in Africa, to Vietnam in South-East Asia, to Cuba in the Americas. When Mikhail Gorbachev succeeded Konstantin Chernenko as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in March 1985, nobody expected than in less than seven years the USSR would disintegrate into fifteen separate states. Gorbachev's attempt at democra...