If you had to do a presentation on the cold war due to the causes and continuations- what would you do and why/what was the significence about it?I  feel that leadership was, however I am in...

If you had to do a presentation on the cold war due to the causes and continuations- what would you do and why/what was the significence about it?

I  feel that leadership was, however I am in doublt if that was really the case as there was soo many leader that took the role and yet, non of them could really stop it unti 1980's-why?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I would agree that leadership is an important aspect of the conduct of the Cold War, but it would be insightful to look more closely at some of the advisors that helped to shape policy that was actually pursued over several administrations.

I would spend significant time talking about George Kennan and why his policy of containment came to the fore and became the de facto position for so many administrations.  It was this policy and the economic burden it placed on the Soviet system as they attempted to keep up in the arms race that likely led to the changes that Gorbachev made and then eventually the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Reagan certainly made some great speeches and had good leadership qualities, but it was the continuous drain on Soviet resources that led to the changes more than his leadership.  And that policy originated with Kennan during the Truman administration.

Perhaps you could introduce the policy and some of the machinations that Kennan and Truman and others went through to establish it and then describe how different leaders pursued that policy throughout the duration and the end of the Cold War.

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rosannalilly80 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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  Your answer are fantastic!!

I know what you are saying but I have to do the presentation  from and  until 1962??

So how can I reflect my question to those times.

Please help- thank you

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