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A Plan of the investigation Subject of the investigation To investigate historical controversy over the origins of the Cold War Methods aResearch of bibliography about the origins of the Cold Wax Instrument Internet Three main sites were particularly helpful CNN the Cold War Cold War Policies Cold War History Project The main criteria used for selection were reliability of the sources and the most recent bWriting of an annotated bibliography about the topic cSelection and reading of a book about the origins of the Cold War Criteria the most comprehensive and recommended dSearch selection of the authors which represent the main currents of thought eAnalysis of their main postulates and arguments B Summary of evidence The origins of the Cold War is one of the most controversial historiographic issues However among the multiple interpretations and assessments about the topic it is clear or rather clear that some main currents of thought can be identified the orthodox or traditional the revisionist and the post-revisionist The orthodox or traditional interpretation argued that the origins of the Cold War was due to the aggressive Soviet policy of expansion in the immediate post war years Two of the proponents of this theory are Thomas Bailey 1950 and Arthur Schlesinger 1967 Willaim Appleman Williams 1959 and Walter LaFeber 1997 are revisionist historians who support the thesis that the United States had been primarily to blame for the Cold War The post-revisionist scholarship have searched for a balance and argue that the Cold War was caused by misperceptions of both the United States and the Soviet Union Melvyn Leffler 1991 and John Lewis Gaddis 1997 are exponents of this view C Evaluation of sources Two of the sources selected for evaluation are Walter LaFebers America Russia and the Cold War 1945-1996 and John Lewis Gaddiss We Know Now Rethinking Cold War History Both of them are secondary sources and make use of the
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