Cold War

Directions: Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs addressing the task below, and a conclusion.
Theme: Cold War
Following World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in a conflict that became known as the Cold War. The Cold War created problems that the United States addressed with specific actions. These actions had varying degrees of success.
Identify two problems faced by the United States during the Cold War and for each
• Explain how the problem led to conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union
• Describe one action taken by the United States in response to the problem
• Evaluate the extent to which the action taken was successful in solving the problem
Some suggestions you might wish to consider include the postwar economic upheaval in Western Europe (1945–1947), Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe (1945–1948), threat of Communist takeover in Greece (1947), Soviet blockade of Berlin (1948), nuclear arms race (1950s–1970s), and placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba (1962).  You  may use one or two of these ideas or another of your own from any topic that we learned about during the Cold War period.
Remember that your essay should have an opening paragraph that contains historical context as well as states your main idea (thesis), several body paragraphs that defend your argument and use specific examples and a closing paragraph that brings it all back together.
– The Postwar Economic Upheaval in Western Europe (1945 – 1947)
– Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe (1945-1948)

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