Imperialism, Expansionism, and the Cold War Essay

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Imperialism, Expansionism, and the Cold War

The Cold War developed after the Second World War as a blend of several unsolved disputes and diplomatic misinterpretations. Ideological differences worsened the matter and made interaction with either side less probable since each other was resented by the other's actions during the previous war. Even so, what really built up and intensified the war was the imperialistic and expansionist nature of the capitalist and communist nations since both sides struggled to obtain better relations with other strong countries and expand their rule or political influence.

First of all, the ideological differences between the capitalist and communist parties
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But it was not only a mere attempt to gain reparation costs but also to keep part of Germany for two reasons: the first one to prevent Germany from becoming strong again[1] and the second to expand its communist influence into the whole of Germany through its occupation sector. But when the U.S., France and Britain decided to introduce their own currency into their occupation sectors and planned to unite Germany in order to rebuild its economy, Russia deeply opposed the idea because of the mentioned reasons. Thus they responded by introducing their own currency into their sectors of Germany and later on blocked off part of Berlin in order to prevent the unification of Germany. In a sense, at the time, the U.S.S.R. was not occupying their sector of Germany, but instead ruling it[2].

Differently, the capitalists (the western allies) thought that communism was a utopia and that it would never succeed economically and referred to it bluntly as a dictatorship. The U.S.A. was interested in remaining one of the strongest nations economically and militarily in the world, and when the communist nations were starting to spread their rule and

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