By Lee Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards Spalding
The chilly struggle was once a very important clash in American background. At stake used to be even if the area will be ruled through the forces of totalitarianism led via the Soviet Union, or encouraged by means of the foundations of financial and political freedom embodied within the usa. The chilly struggle proven the US because the chief of the loose global and a world superpower. It formed U.S. army method, financial coverage, and family politics for almost 50 years.
In A short background of the chilly War, exceptional students Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding recount the pivotal occasions of this protracted fight and clarify the options that finally ended in victory for freedom. They study the improvement and implementation of containment, détente, and at last President Reagan's philosophy: "they lose, we win." The chilly struggle teaches very important classes approximately statecraft and America's critical function on this planet.
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But in any case, NATO by itself was insufficient. Truman regarded the political, economic, and military pieces of containment as interdependent and the overall strategy as anything but passive. ”31 54 A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COLD WAR The Soviet Union made no further conquests in Western Europe or the Near East after its post-war military occupation of Eastern and Central Europe. But containment was not employed early enough in the Far East for several reasons. Neither President Truman nor Secretary of State Acheson knew as much about Asia as he did about Europe.
2 Containment and the Soviet Expansion (1945–1950) 27 What emerges from the private and public record of the first few months of the new American administration is that Truman, though he did not want to alienate the USSR, was concerned about the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy. He hoped to avoid any appearance of the United States’ and Great Britain’s “ganging up” on the Soviet Union but recognized the serious philosophical differences between communism and democracy. “I’ve no faith in any Totalitarian State,” he noted.
He hoped that the Atlantic alliance would defend its members against Soviet belligerence and possible invasion. 30 In a confidential discussion with NATO foreign ministers in April 1949, Truman made it clear that in his mind, the North Atlantic Treaty embodied the West’s resolve to fight communist ideology with a strategic organization. Because NATO’s “best estimate is that we have several years in which we can count on a breathing spell” before the Soviets acquired atomic weapons, the president assumed that the Atlantic alliance could safely rely for the time on conventional forces for its defense.
A Brief History of the Cold War by Lee Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards Spalding