Cold war: soviet perspectives after world war ii, joseph stalin saw the world as divided into two camps: imperialist and capitalist regimes on the one hand, and the communist and progressive world on the other. 1 the cold war: perspectives from east and west course description this course provides a comprehensive introduction to the social, cultural, and political history of both. 1 alternative perspectives on the cold war, 1946 - 1989 i know not with what weapons world war iii will be fought but i know that world war iv will be fought with clubs - often attributed to albert einstein in various. Cold war 1152 words | 5 pages lot of conflict america, the soviet union, and vietnam were the three main countries involved in this conflict this conflict was a built from a cold war perspective.
Within the context of a cold war emerging between the 'superpowers' of the united states and the soviet union after the end of the second world war, the struggle for spheres of interests and influence came to be framed in an ideological discourse that conveyed exclusive systemic validity with. What is the cold war henry kissinger: is an american diplomat and political scientist george frost kennan : was an american adviser, diplomat, political scientist, and historian, best known as the father of containment and as a key figure in the emergence of the cold war there isn't a. The differing political systems, war devastation, and the disagreements over rebuilding europe were main causes of the cold war slide 2 of 3 the three leaders of the allied forces, fdr, churchill, and stalin gathered in yalta in february of 1945 to discuss the future of europe, especially germany.
Objectively, more so than ever, us and russian interests converge on the most pressing global challenges, including weapons proliferation, terrorism, environmental degradation, pandemics, regional instability, failing and failed states. The paradoxes of war teaches us to understand that war is not only a normal part of human existence, but is arguably one of the most important factors in making us who we are through this course, i hope that you will come to appreciate that war is both a natural expression of common human emotions. Peter earnest, retired cia senior intelligence officer, and oleg kalugin, retired major general in the soviet kgb, shared stories from the cold warafter each had made remarks, they responded to. Perspectives on the cold war the us and russia as the superpowers in the cold war had an almost comical (at least in hindsight) series of misconceptions and missteps throughout the cold war period it was anything but comical at the time, however, and my parents remember practicing for potential bombings as well as earthquakes as they were. The process of soviet disintegration culminated in the collapse of the soviet satellite empire in eastern europe in 1989 and the demise of the cold war during the following year reagan supporters attributed the soviet collapse to the rhetorical toughness and military buildup of the reagan years.
The materialist perspective looks at external factors contributed to the collapse of the soviet union and the end of the cold war as well the first factor is economic growth of western europe and the united states throughout the second half of the 20th century. The cold war period of 1985-1991 began with the rise of mikhail gorbachev as leader of the soviet uniongorbachev was a revolutionary leader for the ussr, as he was the first to promote liberalization of the political landscape and capitalist elements into the economy (perestroika) prior to this, the ussr had been strictly prohibiting liberal reform and maintained an inefficient centralized. Even though cold war is a common term to describe the political conflict between western liberal democracies and eastern european socialist states after world war ii, it remained a western expression until the war itself was over in eastern europe and in the soviet union it was, as. The cold war historians have offered vastly different interpretations of the origins of the cold war over the past 5 decades few historical events have been subject to such an array of revisionist and neo-revisionist accounts.
The cold war was an economic, ideological and political confrontation there was no single cause, no single driving force and no single factor that brought it to an end in this incisive and thought-provoking book, mike sewell examines the complex historiography surrounding the cold war as well as the events and issues themselves. Although the cold war is over, the writing of its history has only just begun this book presents an analysis of the origins of the cold war in the decade after the second world war, discussing the development of the united states and the soviet union as superpowers and the reactions of the western european states to the growing soviet-american rivalry. 5 v introduction to the origins of the cold war o n september 1, 1939, nazi troops invaded poland beginning world war ii on august 23 the soviet union and nazi germany signed a non-aggression pact.
Cold war from the soviet perspective (selfhistory) submitted 4 years ago by brenogil i have been looking for some informative and interesting resources about the soviet perspective during the cold war. In presenting the information on the origins of the cold war, levering, pechatnov, botzenhart-viehe, and edmonson concentrate their ideas in two essays, one on the american perspective and one from the russian perspective. Gaddis, john lewis, two cold war empires: imposition vs multilateralism, in major problems in american foreign relations, volume ii the cold war was the longest war in which the united states has ever partaken and is the only war that involved little to no fighting.