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Did anybody die during the Cold War? I know that the cold war was basically a non-shooting war, but I've seen some...

Although the United States and the Soviet Union did not directly engage each other in armed conflict, the hostility between the two powers spilled over to other countries. The two countries...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2017 9:14 am UTC

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How did the Cold War affect the rest of the world?

The Cold War (1947–1991) affected the rest of the world in many ways. The conflict with the Soviet Union dominated American foreign policy for nearly half a century. The American-Soviet...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 2:24 am UTC

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What were Joseph Stalin's motivation and goals?

As pohnpei remarks, Stalin had a personal goal to gain as much power as he could for himself at the apex of society in the Soviet Union, and to maintain that power. He was ruthless in dealing with...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2015 10:32 am UTC

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How did the Cold War affect Africa?

Africa, like all continents, was affected by the Cold War. It was probably less strategically important than Europe and Asia, though. The United States fought two large conflicts in Asia—Korea and...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020 8:55 am UTC

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What were the negative effects of the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union?

There were numerous negative effects of the Cold War. First, look at it in terms of war dead. Even though the war never became a "hot war," it did have several proxy wars and both nations helped...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2016 12:26 pm UTC

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How did the Cold War affect American culture?

The Cold War had a substantial impact on American culture during the 1950’s and 60’s especially. Themes such as nuclear war and espionage permeated popular culture during this time period as...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2012 11:24 pm UTC

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What are the similarities and differences between World War II and the Cold War?

When comparing these two conflicts, their differences are much more apparent than their similarities. However, there are some ways they were similar. Let's look at both. Similarities Both...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020 4:30 pm UTC

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What was the importance of the Cold War?

The Cold War was a very important event. We were very concerned about the spread of Communism. Communism is a political and economic system that is very different than our system. We were concerned...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2015 12:48 pm UTC

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What two countries were involved in the Cold War conflict?

The Cold War was a conflict between two groups of countries rather than two individual countries. It was called "Cold" because the great powers involved in it did not actually engage in direct...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2018 11:45 pm UTC

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Why did the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., which had been allies in WWII, become adversaries after the war?  

I like to say this is the "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" syndrome. During the war, we allied with Russia because we wanted to defeat Hitler. Russia was Hitler's enemy, so that made them no...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011 10:53 am UTC

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In What Way Did The Relationship Between The United States And The Soviet Union Change After World War Ii?

Before World War II, the US and USSR had a strained relationship due to sharp ideological differences. Although the Russian Revolution of 1917 was initially seen as democratic—with the peasant...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2020 2:20 pm UTC

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Why did relations between the United States and the Soviet Union deteriorate after World War II? 

Relations after World War II between the United States and the Soviet Union deteriorated into cold war because the two nations had radically different ideas of how the post-war world should be...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 11:32 pm UTC

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What are the similarities between Truman and Eisenhower's foreign policies during the Cold War? I am writing a...

Both President Truman and President Eisenhower practiced a policy of containing communism to prevent its spread to new countries. The use of economic aid was a major tool in this. Truman signed an...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020 8:13 pm UTC

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Why did the United States commit itself to containing communism between 1945 and 1960? 

The United States committed itself to containing communism immediately after WWI because it appeared as though communism was spreading rapidly. The Soviet Union showed no signs of leaving Eastern...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 12:41 pm UTC

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What was the importance of the status of Berlin during the Cold War?

Berlin was a focal point of the Cold War, and one could even argue that the Cold War started and ended in Berlin. Berlin had been the capital of Nazi Germany before it was captured by the Soviets...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 7:08 am UTC

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How did the division of Germany lead to the Cold War?

The division of Germany into capitalist West and Communist East didn't lead to the Cold War so much as it exacerbated existing tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Cold War...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020 6:31 am UTC

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Why Did The Us Enter The Cold War

The fear of the Soviet Union prompted the entry and commencement of the Cold War. After the Second World War, there was a definite fear of Communism and what would happen to a world controlled by...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010 10:08 pm UTC

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Was the Cold War inevitable, or could it have been avoided?    

I do not believe the Cold War was inevitable, but I do believe that some sort of conflict between the communist and capitalist worlds was bound to occur. It could have been a cold war or a hot war...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019 6:09 pm UTC

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Was the Truman Doctrine a success or failure? Why?

The Truman Doctrine (1947), which was named for President Harry S. Truman, was a key initial step in America's strategy for the Cold War (1947–1991) against the communist-run Soviet Union. That...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 8:15 pm UTC

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What effect did the Cold War have on the Soviet Union?

The Cold War made the Soviet Union quite powerful politically. It secured buffer states in Eastern Europe after World War II mainly because its armies would not leave the occupied areas. The Soviet...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2018 1:41 pm UTC

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In the Cold War, what were the 'sides' and what did they mean and represent OTHER THAN their political nature?

In the Cold War, the two opposing "sides" were Communist countries, particularly the Soviet Union and China, and the United States and other democracies. While the Cold War manifested itself...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010 11:36 pm UTC

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How did the Cold War affect higher education?  

The Cold War affected higher education in that more GI's who were drafted were eligible for the GI Bill after they completed their term of service. This created a steady stream of veterans into the...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2018 11:48 pm UTC

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How did the United States contain communism?  

This is a controversial subject in light of the fact that many would contend that Communism was not successfully "contained." China became a communist state in 1949, and in the following thirty...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019 5:34 am UTC

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Briefly explain the key features of detente.

Détente describes the relaxation of tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union throughout the 1970s. Some of its key features included the following: the negotiation of arms control...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019 2:04 pm UTC

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What were the successes/failures of the Cold War for the United States?

I can see where you would be unsure about where to start with this. It is a big question. I suppose that the biggest success for the US was keeping communism from spreading to any areas of the...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2011 8:51 am UTC

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How did the Truman Doctrine shape US foreign policy after World War II?

The Truman Doctrine stated that the US would provide aid for any nation that was under attack from communism. The Truman Doctrine was the first policy statement on containment where the US sought...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2020 3:17 pm UTC

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How did the CIA participate in the Cold War?  

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) participated in the Cold War in two main ways. First, since it was a spy agency, it engaged in espionage. Second, it undertook other covert operations around...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 1:30 pm UTC

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What events marked the end of the Cold War?

The Cold War ended symbolically with the fall of the Berlin Wall. When the wall cams down, that told the world that Communism did not work and was no longer a threat. There are still a few...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2011 6:57 am UTC

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In what ways did the United States government react to the threat of Communism during the Cold War? I was out sick...

The strategy of the United States in regard to the threat of communism was that of containment. This policy involved simply stopping or slowing as much as possible the spread of communism. This was...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019 6:57 pm UTC

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Why was the Cold War called the Cold War?

As a general explanation, this period of time was dubbed the "Cold War" for the indirect feuding between the world's two most powerful countries, the United States of America and the Soviet Union....

Latest answer posted November 9, 2017 12:42 am UTC

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Was Joseph Stalin an effective leader?  

The answer to this question depends on how you define an effective leader. In the short run, you would have to say Stalin was effective because he led his country to some pretty impressive...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016 2:48 am UTC

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Trace four major Cold War developments/events from 1945 to 1950. Provide substantive details about each development...

The first item should be the Yalta Conference. At Yalta, Stalin agreed to enter the war against Japan if he received major concessions in Eastern Europe. Roosevelt hoped that he could negotiate...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 3:03 pm UTC

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How did Poland play a role in causing the Cold War?

Poland played a very important role in the Cold War on account of its strategic position at the intersection of Western and Eastern Europe. After driving out the Germans from Poland, the Red Army...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2018 11:57 am UTC

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How did the U.S and the Soviet Union become Cold War adversaries ?

Not along after the war, it became clear to the United States that the Soviet Union was intent on reneging on the agreements made during Yalta concerning democracy in Eastern Europe. The Soviets...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2018 11:19 am UTC

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According to Churchill's "Iron Curtain Speech," what does Churchill believe the effects of the iron curtain will be?

In this speech, Churchill says that the effect of the iron curtain could be the destruction of what he calls “Christian Civilization.” In this speech, Churchill is saying that the Soviet Union...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2012 11:00 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the Cuban Revolution?

The Cuban Revolution was a big event. The United States had been working to prevent the spread of communism since the end of World War II. In many instances, we were successful in preventing its...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2016 5:43 pm UTC

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How did the Cold War affect popular culture?

The Cold War refers to the era between 1945 and 1989, when the United States and its allies were engaged in a contest for the “hearts and minds” of the world, in opposition to the efforts of the...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 10:39 pm UTC

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What was the purpose of the Truman Doctrine?

There are two possible ways to answer this question. First, let us look at the immediate purpose of this doctrine. Its immediate purpose was to prevent the Soviet Union from dominating the exit...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2013 4:38 pm UTC

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How did the Cold War shape American politics and culture in the second half of the 20th century, using examples from...

The Cold War had a profound influence on politics and culture across the United States. As the student’s question notes, developments like the Soviet Union’s launching and successful orbit of...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2018 6:35 pm UTC

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What were the pillars of American foreign policy durning the Cold War?

The main pillars of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War were as follows: 1) Contain Soviet expansionism: Concern about the Soviet Union's intentions and capabilities for expanding its influence...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2013 2:18 pm UTC

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Why was there a Berlin crisis in 1948-49?

The immediate cause of the crisis in Berlin in those years was the Soviet Union’s attempt to blockade West Berlin and prevent the West from supplying its part of the city. The ultimate cause of...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012 3:52 pm UTC

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Describe three ways in which communism in the USSR was similar to communism in China?

Although Sino-Soviet relations were often deeply antagonistic, some similarities between Chinese and Soviet communism can still be observed: They both advocated centralized planning. In the Soviet...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2018 6:54 am UTC

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What did Joseph Stalin do in the Cold War?

Stalin’s approach to the Cold War alternated between the ideological and the pragmatic, but veered mainly towards the latter. In ideological terms Stalin was committed to the Marxist-Leninist...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2017 11:39 am UTC

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Was the Cold War avoidable? Why or why not?

When trying to answer this question, another useful strategy is to look at the origins of the Cold War. Specifically, you could focus on the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, an event which many...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019 6:05 pm UTC

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How did Gorbachev's reforms lead to the breakup of the Soviet Union?

The reforms and the mentality that Gorbachev brought into power from 1985 helped to lead to the Soviet Union's breakup because it was a massive departure from the previous forty plus years of...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2010 2:37 pm UTC

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Describe the international and domestic issues of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

There were domestic and international issues that we faced because of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The international issues centered on the spread of communism. The Soviet Union tried to...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2016 11:42 pm UTC

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What is meant by the policy of "Containment" and why was it important during the Cold War years?

During the latter stages of the Second World War, the United States and Soviet Union, ultimately victorious allies, began their long descent and transformed into polar adversaries in the Cold War....

Latest answer posted May 20, 2009 2:02 am UTC

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How did the communists defeat the Nationalists in 1949?  

There are a number of reasons why the communists were able to defeat the nationalists in the Chinese Civil War that took place both before and after World War II (and even, to some extent, during...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2013 9:37 pm UTC

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How did the Yalta Conference lead to the Cold War?

The Yalta Conference certainly was not the cause of the Cold War, but it did indirectly contribute to it. First, a little background: The conference was held as Nazi Germany was on the verge of...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 12:50 pm UTC

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How did the Cold War shape mid-twentieth-century American culture?

The Cold War made Americans very paranoid, fearing communist enemies from within and from without. To some degree, this paranoid sentiment caused Americans to seek comfort in their houses and...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 8:38 pm UTC

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