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Policy of Containment is a foreign policy strategy created and executed by the US after WWII founding its first key purpose in the Truman Doctrine 1947 In this period of time two world super powers were in a stalemate economically and militarily and were constantly competing to be the superior The Cold War started as result of World War II the United States and the Soviet Union had some differences on their perspectives of the world United States being the richest country in the world promoted democracy and capitalism in the world The newly formed Soviet Union thought that communism was a better political system because it transformed their economy and status in the world from nothing but a declining empire to a super power once again The Cold War was a long series of events in which the communist tried to spread their ideas of government and socialist economy known as expansionism and the United States and some of the other Western powers such as Great Britain tried to contain it Containment a term introduced by George F Kennan was the foreign policy the United States practiced from 1946 to 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed For Kennan communism was an enemy to everything one believed in He was a grave observer of spiritual phenomena some white some black Nothing much in between One was either with us or against us At that time it certainly felt like that Gaddis pg214 The United States saw the Soviet Union to be a direct threat to the free world During President Truman and Eisenhowers administration the policy of containment evolved so drastically that American presidents would put anything on the line including world peace It started with the Truman Doctrine 1947 that stated the United States would help any country financially and militarily that was interested in keeping the world free for democracy The Truman Doctrine came about as direct result of communist guerillas in
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