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Bibliography Bowker Mike and Brown Robin eds From Cold War to Collapse 1992 Brands H W The Devil We Knew 1994 Crockatt Richard The Fifty Years War The United States and the Soviet Union in World Politics 1941-1991 1995 Gaddis John Lewis The United States and the End of the Cold War 1992 and We Now Know Rethinking Cold War History 1997 Glynn Patrick Closing Pandoras Box 1992 LaFeber Walter America Russia and the Cold War 7th ed 1992 May Ernest R American Cold War Strategy Interpreting NSC 68 1993 Powaski Ronald E The Cold War The United States and the Soviet Union 1917-1991 1997 Walker Martin The Cold War A History 1994 The cold war initially centered on the use of USSR military forces to install Communist governments in Eastern Europe These Soviet actions ran counter to the US governments insistence upon the right of self-determination for the peoples of Eastern Europe and raised fears that the USSR after gaining control of Eastern Europe would try to communize Western Europe The USSR had suffered enormous losses in the war against Nazi Germany and looked upon Eastern Europe as a bulwark against another invasion from the West The Soviet leaders considered US objections to Soviet actions in Poland Hungary and Romania a betrayal of wartime understandings about spheres of influence in Europe Thus they placed Eastern Europe behind a military and political barrier known in the West as the Iron Curtain Political differences were exacerbated by ideological conflict The Marxist-Leninist Soviet leaders believed that capitalism would inevitably seek the destruction of the Soviet system In the United States a long-standing suspicion and dislike of communism strengthened the view that the USSR was intent on expansion and world conquest The Struggle over Germany Meanwhile competition began for control of Germany and other strategic points such as the Dardanelles the straits linking the Black Sea with the Aegean and the Mediterranean Soviet
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