When you are thinking about the causes of the cold war, the most important thing is to separate in your mind the long term underlying factors from the series of clashes and misunderstandings which actually triggered the breakdown in relations. Download pdf the cold war was an ideological and political struggle between the united states of america and the soviet union that lasted for the bulk of the 20th century following world war ii. From the victors' war guilt ruling to a comfortable interwar consensus for the victors, this was an easy question to answer, and they agreed at the peace conference at paris in 1919 that germany and its allies had been responsible for causing the great war.
With the resolution of the issue that had been most responsible for starting the cold war, that conflict effectively came to an end the practice of maneuvering a dangerous situation to the limits of safety in order to secure the greatest advantage. Most americans found it difficult to get used to the idea of no cold war since 1945, americans were born into a cold war culture that featured mccarthyist witchhunts, backyard bomb shelters, a space race, a missile crisis, détente, the soviet invasion of afghanistan, and the star wars defense proposal. Cold war again: who's responsible three decades ago, america's most cold war president ever, ronald reagan, sensing in soviet leader mikhail gorbachev enough in common, resolved to meet.
In november of that year, the berlin wall-the most visible symbol of the decades-long cold war-was finally destroyed, just over two years after reagan had challenged the soviet premier in a. The cold war was the geopolitical, ideological, and economic struggle between two world superpowers, the usa and the ussr, that started in 1947 at the end of the second world war and lasted until the dissolution of the soviet union on december 26, 1991 the cold war was marked by continuous. The cold war period of 1985-1991 began with the rise of mikhail gorbachev as leader of the soviet union gorbachev was a revolutionary leader for the ussr,. But the cold war was not mainly about ideology, and certainly not freedom it was a contest for power by the time reagan took office, some independent analysts and reporters with experience in the soviet union were arguing moscow's power had peaked.
Who was responsible for the start of the cold war 2 following 19 answers 19 report abuse who is most responsible for starting the cold war russia. How reagan won the cold war reagan the well-known superhawk and reagan the lesser-known nuclear abolitionist are both responsible for the the end of the cold war may be the most. Emerging from world war ii as the most powerful economic power on earth, the united states changed its foreign policy dramatically the cold war ended when the. I have a debate in history and it's about the cold war and who is more to blame for the start and continuation i have no idea because i believe that most of the cold war was the us doing something so the ussr responded and then the us response to that response.
Although the cold war was caused due to certain circumstances and miscommunications between the powers, the united states is largely to blame for the cold war the cold war was an inevitable situation due to the egos of the two nations and ultimately it was the world and its people that suffered the most. It was the helsinki accords that lead to the rise of mikhail gorbachev and gorbachev's revolutionary policies for the soviet union that were most responsible for the end of the cold war mr reagan just supported some of gorbachev's goals with a smile and in reality the house of cards that had been jiggled by the helsinki accords came. The origins of the cold war, 1945-1949 (3 lessons) tools and indeed, cold war is exactly the term that has come to define the entire period from 1945 to 1989.
The cold war was not won by political genius or heroism that came from the top down the real hero of the end of the cold war, richard virden recalls, was the average person who took to. The end of the cold war was a greater historical transformation than 9/11, but controversy persists about its causes an article by steven erlanger in monday's new york times quotes the neo. The usa was to blame for the cold war because they built an atom bomb: the invention of the atom bomb caused tensions to rise between usa and ussr it made the usa more aggressive and less agreeable in negotiations.
Who is most responsible for the civil war the stipulation, most responsible, makes it impossible all bore varying degrees of responsibility i picked. In fact no other major conflict of interestingly dominated the post world war ii the way the cold war did mikhail gorbachev is the man credited with ending the cold war however, this was not the greatest event was responsible for. Various causes are responsible for the outbreak of the cold war at first, the difference between soviet russia and usa led to the cold war the united states of america could not tolerate the communist ideology of soviet russia. The cold war remains a stark reminder of the threat of nuclear annihilation present in the world analyze the cause of the cold war and how its effects went beyond the us and the ussr.