The Cold War: Who was to blame?

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The following piece is a detailed assessment of where blame lies for the outcomes of the cold war and which side was at fault for the building of tension. The debate highlights some of each of the super-powers’ actions during this time period, the consequences they had on the ‘war’ itself, and an overall deduction of who did more to worsen the situation: America or the Soviet Union. Before coming to a final conclusion, the writer considers some of the long term and short term causes of the near-nuclear-state, of which the Cold War reached, and who was the major factor in pushing these causes to a point that narrowly missed mutually assured destruction and global catastrophe.

For example, the Truman Doctrine is mentioned as a means of forming a relationship between America and Russia, whereby each side viewed the territorial expansion of the other as aggression, rather than more passive reasons. Equally, the author includes things like Stalin’s refusal to abide by documents like the Atlantic Charter, as well as his actions in imposing communist states across Eastern Europe, as a cause of tension between the powers and an avoidable gateway towards greater conflict with the USA. Moreover, sections about the inevitability of the cold war, the powers’ interests, and equal blame have been implemented to form a fair and decisive conclusion for the title question.

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