1. Who started the Cold War? The US? The Soviets? Or both?
2. Argue what caused the collapse of the Soviet Union. Was it the containment policies of the US designed to cause the Soviet economy to implode? Was it the new rollback policies of the Reagan administration? Was it the attempts of Gorbachev to democratize the system that finally did the country in? Or was it a combination or all of the above?
Use a minimum of 400 words to answer both questions. Questions should be answered using proper essay format. Be sure to answer the questions with facts that support you answers.
Topic: Student’s Name: Name of Institution: Due Date: Part One Joseph Stalin’s aggressive military expansion was what caused the Cold War. United States’ response was majorly a defensive reaction. The Soviet Union leaders focused on imposing communism to dominate the world; the United States had no other alternative, but to use a defensive mechanism to against communist expansion (Geoffrey 112). The Soviet Leaders had evil ideologies that caused the Cold War. The innocent United States only engaged in the cold war to protect the free world from the soviet’s totalitarian conquest. Though, World War II brought the United States and the Soviet Union into alliance with a mutual purpose to defeat Nazi Germany, the anti-democratic policy of the Soviet Union towards Eastern Europe caused animosity even before the Second World War came to an end (James 31). The United States and the Soviet Union had opposing economic, political, and ideological factors, which led to the change of cooperation and collaboration between the two countries, after defeating the Nazi Germany; thus becoming two superpower rivals. Joseph Stalin’s regime was totalitarian in nature, and thi