The Cause of the Cold War
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This paper examines world foreign policy (with an emphasis on the United States)leading up to the Cold War. Different sources are used to determine whether the Cold War was a natural occurrence of the outcome of WWII. This paper includes MLA style footnotes but does not contain a works cited page.
From the Paper:"As president, Roosevelt chose to keep many of his policy decisions to himself, and Vice President Harry S. Truman often did not know the choices made by the American political leader. FDR often manipulated those around him, perhaps including the American people, in order to lead the country on the path which he felt to be appropriate for it. The secret meeting held between the British and the US from 9-12 August 1941, which became known as the Atlantic Charter, illustrated FDR's decision to place America's economic needs before the democratic process. In the talks that took place over those four days, FDR attempted to convince British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to agree to a joint regulation that would end the imperial preference system and that the two countries would "'endeavor to further enjoyment by all peoples of access, without discrimination and on equal terms, to the markets and to the raw materials of the world.'" The benefit for Great Britain would be an unspecified type of US support for the Allied cause against the Axis powers. FDR needed to proceed very cautiously in this agreement, as it was unconstitutional for the president to declare war, and while he wished to aid the Allies, it was essential to find a way for the US to enter the war without having to fight two fronts, one in Europe and the other in the Pacific. Not even a full four months later, this dilemma was solved for the president when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941."
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- William Appleman Williams, The Tragedy of American Diplomacy, New York: W. W. Norton, 1984, 29.
- Michael H. Hunt, Ideology and US Foreign Policy, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987, 126.
- Akira Iriye, The Globalizing of America, 1913-1945, Volume III of the Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993, 35.
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- Patrick J. Hearden, Roosevelt Confronts Hitler: America's Entry into World War II, Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1987, 236.
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