This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

How Far Do You Agree With The View That The Origins Of The Cold War In 1945 And 1946 Owed Much To Ideological Differences And Little To Personalities And Conflicting National Interests

1045 words - 5 pages

How far do you agree with the view that the origins of the Cold War in 1945 and 1946 owed much to ideological differences and little to personalities and conflicting national interests? (TOTAL 40 MARKS)
Use sources 7 and 8 to your own knowledge
The origins of the Cold War in 1945 and 1946 were due to a number of factors, and whether it was mainly due to ideological differences or personalities and conflicting national interests is still a major debate. However, after analysis of Sources 7 and 8, I do not agree that the origins of the Cold War was mainly caused by ideological differences, but instead owed to the equal yet unfortunate combination of the three factors.
The personal ...view middle of the document...

The same applied for Truman, who was inexperienced as a president and was extremely aggressive, as seen in his deliberate mentioning of the successful atomic tests in the Potsdam conference, hoping to deter Stalin from expanding his territory and contain communism, but instead instigated the arms race and encouraged further suspicion. Through these evidences from interpreting the sources, we can clearly see that personality differences had henceforth fundamentally shaped the direction and the origins of the Cold War in 1945 and 1946.
It is without doubt that the conflicting national interests between the West and USSR played a role in the origins of the Cold War in 1945 and 1946. Source 8 mentions “the atomic bombardment of Japan and the abrupt end of the War in the Pacific”, which was a significant factor in building up the tensions that lead to the Cold War. The US had a few reasons in deciding to abruptly, but there were two notable reasons. The first being that the US wanted to end the war as quickly as they possible could to minimise casualties and to showcase their strength on the international stage to strike fear and deter their opponents, one being the USSR. This directly conflicted with the USSR’s aim to expand their territory into Eastern China, which was agreed upon as one of the conditions in the Yalta Conference of 1945, as it abruptly ended the war, stopping the USSR’s invasion into Manchuria. This clearly increased tensions between the West and the USSR, as the US violated the conditions unannounced and foiling Russian plans.
Another factor that lead to the Cold War in 1945-46 was Churchill’s giving of the ‘Iron Curtain’ speech, which, I believe, falls into both categories of personalities and conflicting national interests. This speech was aimed to improve relations between the British and the Americans by forming an alliance, but it was built upon the denunciation of Russian communism and...

Other Essays Like How Far Do You Agree with the View That the Origins of the Cold War in 1945 and 1946 Owed Much to Ideological Differences and Little to Personalities and Conflicting National Interests

How Far Do You Agree That the Impact of the Second World War Was the Main Reason Why the Position of African-Americans Improved in the Years 1945-55?

1923 words - 8 pages chance to prove how much of a positive impact they could have on the war and this in turn could show current white racists a different view on them. Additionally, it could be argued that because it was quite a big newspaper, more people across America would see it, and therefore it could potentially have more of an effect on the general opinion. Another factor was the black soldiers who returned home as heroes after the Second World War. It

How Far Do You Agree That the Catholic Church Significantly Hindered Italian Unity in the Years to 1870?

821 words - 4 pages How far do you agree that the Catholic Church significantly hindered Italian unity in the years to 1870? The Catholic Church was a major power in Italy during the time of unification. Some people say that they hindered the process of Italian Unity and some say they didn’t. In this essay I will be explain points which back up and go against the statement that the church significantly hindered the process of Italian unity. To a very far extent

‘the Novel’s Contrasting Settings Portray a Gulf Between Social Classes in Victorian Society.’ How Far and in What Ways Do You Agree with This View of the Picture of Dorian Gray?

1010 words - 5 pages ‘The novel’s contrasting settings portray a gulf between social classes in Victorian society.’ How far and in what ways do you agree with this view of The Picture of Dorian Gray? The novel’s contrasting settings do portray a gulf between social classes in Victorian society but also represents the dualism in The Picture Of Dorian Gray. Wilde specifically chooses to pick two opposite settings, the East End and the West End, and ignores the

‘a Cold War Between East and West Was Inevitable After 1945.’ Do You Agree?

2434 words - 10 pages difficult to imagine any way in which the US and the UK could come to terms with the Soviet agenda particularly given its brutal and uncompromising Stalinist slant. From Tocqueville’s prophetic point of view as well as Lenin’s stand point, the partial war was unavoidable prior to WWII and after the allied defeat of Germany in 1945, a Cold War would exist thereafter. Stalin’s 1946 speech in the Bolshoi Theatre alluded to Russia’s ‘return to being

The Underlying Theme of Othello Is Reputation and It Is This That Culminates in the Play’s Tragedy. to What Extent Do You Agree with This Claim?

1172 words - 5 pages English Literature The Main theme of Othello is not the theme of jealousy but the theme of reputation and this is one of the main constitutes, responsible for the tragedy of the play: to what extent do you agree with this in regards to Act Two Scene Three and Act Three Scene Three? In William Shakespeare's Othello it could be thought that the main theme is Jealousy however in Act two scene three reputation become a prominent theme

The Main Threat to the Weimar Republic in the Period 1919-23 Was the Extreme Right" How Far Do You Agree with This Judgement?

1005 words - 5 pages The main threat to the Weimar Republic in the period 1919-23 was the extreme right" How far do you agree with this judgement? The Weimar Republic was created at a time of confusion and chaos after Germany had lost the First World War. Many people felt that Germany had received a very harsh deal in the Treaty of Versailles and they resented the government for signing it and agreeing to its conditions. In the period 1919-23 there were threats to

Use Source T, U and V and Your Own Knowledge. Do You Agree with the View in Source V That Wolsey's Domestic Policis Were Disappointing?

1456 words - 6 pages Use source T, U and V and your own knowledge. Do you accept the view in source V that Wolsey’s domestic policies were disappointing? Thomas Wolsey was Henry VIII chief minister from his rise to power in 1514 after working himself up until his eventual fall from the king’s favour in 1529. During the time period where Wolsey contained his power he made many changes to England’s domestic policies. For this reason I do not accept the view of

“the Puritans Were Never a Serious Threat to Elizabeth” How Far Do You Agree?

1148 words - 5 pages movement in the fastest amount of time with the least amount of chaos. Anne Somerset can see this and believes that Elizabeth although at times was put under pressure never handed over her control, “Elizabeth was fully alive to the inherent dangers of Puritanism. She had no intention of relinquishing control over her church, or of giving in to pressure for further reform.” This supports the idea that Elizabeth’s quite extreme actions may depict an image

To What Extent Do You Agree That a Revolution Happened in Germany at the End of World War I

671 words - 3 pages To what extent do you agree that a revolution happened in Germany at the end of World War I In Germany between 1918 and 1919 there were major political changes. They went from being an autocracy to a democracy. A revolution is defined as a forcible overthrow of a government or social order for a new system. It was called a revolution for numerous reasons. On October 29th 1919, a mutiny started to spread near Kiel because sailors refused

How Far Do You Agree That the Brutality of the Bolsheviks Was the Main Reason Why They Remained in Power in the Years 1917-24?

834 words - 4 pages who deserted the army. He blackmailed them into doing this by holding their families hostage. This meant that not only did the army hold together but was also being trained by the best people there were around. Meaning this would enable them to have a much better chance of lacking opposition e.g. the white’s. This is a brutal and forceful tactic for the Bolsheviks and it worked. Not only did this lead them to win the civil war but in turn by

How Far Do You Agree That the Actions of the Ussr Were Primarily Responsible for the Division of Germany in 1949?

609 words - 3 pages How far do you agree that the actions of the USSR were primarily responsible for the division of Germany in 1949? Actions of the USSR contributing towards division Stalin’s determination to create a buffer zone and attitude towards Germany * Stalin wanted to protect the USSR from future conflicts with Germany * Stalin had gained influence in many eastern European countries as the Russian armies advanced for Germany. * Stalin’s

Related Papers

“The Women Characters Are Merely Decorative Figures Of Seemingly Fragile Beauty” – How Far And In What Ways Do You Agree With This View Of The Great Gatsby

1336 words - 6 pages can take what he wants from the working class people (Wilson). However in her death we can see a little of her fragile beauty as she is killed in a bid to escape the life she so desperately hated. She was desperate for another way of life with Tom. This ultimately killed her. We see that Myrtle is a very materialistic type of person. For instance in chapter 2 it says “she bought a copy of town tattle and a moving picture magazine and in the

Do You Agree With The View That Gladstone Failed To ‘Pacify Ireland’ In The Years 1868 85 Because He Consistently Offered Too Little, Too Late? Explain Your Answer, Using Sourced 4,5 And 6 And Your...

900 words - 4 pages knowledge that would agree with the statement that Gladstone offered too little. Source 6 pointed out that the second land act only offered in response to the violence that was caused due to the land war. Therefore the violence has already started and Gladstone was already too late. Another example of the prime minister doing too little or his acts were not effective enough was the Irish Uni’s bill in 1973. This bill’s purpose was to introduce

‘Of Mice And Men’ Serves As A Reminder That Dreaming Is Futile. How Far Do You Agree With This Representation Of The Text And Its Key Themes?

1562 words - 7 pages ‘Of Mice and Men’ serves as a reminder that dreaming is futile. How far do you agree with this representation of the text and its key themes? To first answer the question we need to define a key element, what are dreams? When we dream we contemplate the possibility of doing something or indulging in fantasies about something greatly desired. Yet they are necessary to keep the levels of hope high in people to stand for what they believe in

How Far Do You Agree That The Most Important Cause Of The Revolution In February 1917 Was The Great War

1334 words - 6 pages AS History How far do you agree that the most important cause of the revolution in February 1917 was the Great War? The February revolution which occurred in 1917 was the result of several causes, one of which being World War 1; in my opinion, it was the most important trigger. The Great War was the cause of Russia becoming financially dependent on Britain and France, decreasing the prestige the Tsar once held. Russia was unable to sustain its