Understanding the Origins of the Cold War
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From the Paper:"This paper examines the three approaches to understanding the origins of the Cold War: (1) the traditionalist/orthodox approach; (2) the revisionist approach; and (3) the post-revisionist approach. After describing the three approaches, the paper traces the origins of the Cold War to the end of the First World War and suggests that the Cold War progressed in two stages and then examines issues surrounding post-War reconstruction that contributed to the emergence of hostility between the Soviet Union and the US. Following this, the paper examines the three approaches in the light of new documents that have been released since the end of the Cold War. It evaluates the role played by the Marshall Plan, capitalism, the atomic bomb, the Long Telegram, the Truman Doctrine, the policy of containment, the personalities of Stalin and Truman, the division of Germany, and the concept of spheres of influence. It concludes with the observation that the Cold War was the result largely of misperceptions, misinterpretations, miscalculations, and miscommunication on both sides, coupled with chance events and the mismatch of personalities, and that in the light of new evidence it can be said that the Cold War could have been averted if relations between the two superpowers in the aftermath of the Second World War had been handled properly."
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