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By Oliver Edwards

The chilly struggle is an enormous and complicated subject in contemporary foreign historical past. the writer of this name has delineated the function of the USA from the worldwide clash, so one can concentration upon the causes, path and outcomes of yankee coverage. suggestions comparable to "containment", "roll again" and "massive retaliation" are deconstructed in a transparent and concise demeanour. diplomacy are tested as responses to US activities, allowing scholars to procure a coherent review of America's involvement on the earth rules of the interval and offering them with solutions to complicated questions which require giant authentic wisdom.

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One way of life is based upon the will of the majority and is distinguished by free institutions, representative government, free elections, guarantees of individual liberty, freedom of speech and religion and freedom from political oppression. The second way of life is based upon the will of a minority forcibly imposed upon the majority. It relies upon terror and oppression, a controlled press and radio, fixed elections and the suppression of personal freedoms. I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.

Inflows of American capital were bound to generate closer economic ties between the United States and the Soviet Union’s western neighbours. The Americans would attempt to sell their goods in eastern Europe and purchase critical raw materials such as Polish coal, leaving the Soviet Union without resources and markets and economically isolated. The disintegration of the Soviet sphere of influence would follow. The announcement of the Marshall Plan and its rejection by Stalin was a key episode in the Cold War.

At this stage punishment of a defeated enemy and economic exploitation were the twin principles of Soviet occupation policy. Some reparations from the British and American zones had been delivered, but the Soviet Union was not supplying food and basic commodities in return. The Americans stated that they would not send more reparations until the Soviets exported essential items from their zone. Food, clothing, timber and machinery from eastern Germany were needed in the west to sustain the Ruhr workforce and re-equip the mines.

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