How has the historical debate on the origins of the cold war changed since the collapse of the soviet union?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Even with the collapse of the Soviet Union, I tend to think that there has been a consensus that the origins of the Cold War began with a distinct set of competing ideologies.  Both sides fundamentally viewed the world through different lenses of perception.  The origins of the Cold War were present and still are accepted as present even with the fall of the Soviet Union.  Where there might be some change in thought since the collapse is to what ends this war was sustainable.  The sincere belief that the Russians would win such a war of ideology has been reevaluated since the fall of the Soviet Union.  The belief that is present with hindsight is that the Soviet Union's collapse was inevitable.  Its lack of distinct domestic economic planning and fortification is one area of discussion.  At the same time, its failure to substantiate its philosophical tenets through economic growth have now become evident.  Being able to filter through all of the state run messages of the time period has enabled a critical examination what was actually there.  This has compelled individuals to now question not the roots of the Cold War, but rather how the Soviet Union could have been seen as such a valid threat to win it. This becomes where the reexamination or debate regarding the Cold War has happened. 

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