• April 15th, 2016

APPLICATION: Factors Leading to the Cold War

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Factors Leading to the Cold War
• To prepare for this assignment:
• Review Chapter 20 (pp. 304–3 24) in your course text.

• Review Churchill’s “The Sinews of Peace” speech and Stalin’s speech in this week’s Learning Resources.

• Examine the “Truman Doctrine” speech in this week’s Learning Resources.

• Compare and contrast Churchill’s and Stalin’s speeches.

• Reflect upon the differences and similarities between Churchill and Stalin’s leadership styles.

• Evaluate the rivalry between Churchill and Stalin.

• Think about what underlying factors could have led to the Cold War.
• Consider the following questions:

o What was the role of the United Nations in the context of maintaining international peace?

o Was Stalin correct in his assertion that Great Britain (and the United States) was motivated by their belief in the superiority of the English-speaking nations?

o Do you support Stalin’s argument in favor of a buffer zone between the Soviet Union and Central Europe as legitimate?

o Do you agree with Churchill’s argument that the Soviet Union desires the “indefinite expansion of their power and doctrines” cannot be substantiated by Soviet actions before March 1946?

o How do Churchill and Stalin invoke the memory of Hitler’s unchecked expansion in the 1930s, and how do both make incorrect comparisons?

o What was Truman’s assessment of the world situation as expressed in his “Truman Doctrine” speech?

The assignment:
• Compose a 2- to 3-page essay in which you do the following:

o Analyze the underlying factors that led to the Cold War.

§ Identify the origin of the rivalry between the two blocs and explain the potential strengths and weaknesses of the English-speaking world versus the Soviet world in 1946.

o Support your assertions by making at least 2 references, in proper APA format, to your course readings
• Learning Resources

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