The Cold War – The Soviet Union’s Word-War-II alliance with the Western powers was built upon necessity and a shared enemy, not a shared ideology or political objective. By the end of the war, relations between the Soviet Union and Great Britain and the United States had increasingly grown tense, especially after the United States developed and used the atmoic bomb.
What was the basis for this mutual suspicion?
Were both sides justified in their suspicions?
Why did the United States see the Soviet Union as a threat to the free world?
Why did the United States decide to pursue a policy of “containment”? Did the United States over-react to the Soviet threat?