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Lecture 7

HIST 0865 Lecture 7: Origins of the Cold War

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HIST 0865
Eric J Perinovic

10/9 Origins of the Cold War Why did it start? No right answer Concern about the spread of ideology Fear of the unknown Nuclear weapons Major argument: The Cold War is best understood as an ideological battle between the United States and the Soviet Union with deep roots in both nations history. Key Terms: George Kennan The Iron Curtain Speech The Truman Doctrine Both the US and the USSR both believed that they were inheriting European modernity. Only one winner Ideological conflict The American Ideological Roots of the Cold War Need to spread liberty Manifest destiny Spread democracy After the US reached its continental borders, they looked outward for the spread of democracy and civilization Key turning point in US history Opened up internationalization as a catalyst for US ideals The Soviet Ideological Roots of the Cold War History of the Russian Empire Identity; what does it mean to be Russian Territorial control part of Russian identity is large territory Spread of communism Anti-capitalist
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