Causes and Effects of the Cold War Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

A brief analysis of the causes and effects of the Cold War.
# 149934 | 1,216 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper provides an overview of the Cold War, including the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The paper identifies several causes of the Cold War and its resulting effects that include the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). the Soviet Union's Warsaw Pact and the Vietnam War.

From the Paper:

"The Cold War occurred from the mid 1940s to the late 1980s and began immediately thereafter World War II. The term "Cold War" may seem to be defining the temperature of warfare but figuratively, it denotes that there was no active war, battles and / or skirmishes fought by the opposing forces. "The Cold War is the conflict between the Communist nations led by the Soviet Union and the democratic nations led by the United States. It is fought by all means - propaganda, economic war, diplomatic haggling and occasional military clashes. It is fought in all places - in neutral states, in newly independent nations in Africa, Asia and even in outer space. (Poon & Chung, 2007)" Although most of the actual fights and skirmishes that occurred during the Cold War have been subtle and oftentimes incognito, there are more overt acts though that could have led to major armed conflicts. Two examples of these are the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
"The building of the Berlin Wall was inevitable for East Germany and its Soviet masters because the thousands of Eastern Europeans escaping the Iron Curtain have put a damper on the economic growth of the Eastern Bloc. Thus, the Wall served more to keep the Eastern Bloc population - their own people - imprisoned rather than preventing supposedly hostile foreign forces from entering."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AJ Software & Multimedia. (2008). Cold War: A brief history. [Online] Retrieved Aug. 8, 2009 from,
  • Kreis, S. (2009, August 4). "Lecture 14: The origins of the Cold War." History Guide: Lectures on Twentieth Century Europe. [Online] Retrieved Aug. 8, 2009 from,
  • Poon, H.W. & Chung, T.K. (2007). Cold War 1945-1960. [Online] Retrieved Aug. 8, 2009 from,

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