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The Cold War Origins and the Korean War

Explain how the situation in Europe immediately following the fall of Germany led directly to the Cold War. In your opinion, should the Western Allies have acted to oppose Soviet domination of Eastern Europe?

Why has the Korean War often been called America's "forgotten war"? What purpose did the war serve, and what impact did it have?

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I think that a clear argument can be made that Western Allies did actively act to oppose Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. The notion of the "Iron Curtain" that had descended upon Europe carved out distinct sides in the battle for the hearts and minds for people of Europe and all over the world. With Germany falling, a power vacuum in Post World War II Europe had emerged. Stalin and the Soviet Union made it very clear that they desired a series of buffer states to prevent the reality of being attacked. This became the justification for Stalin to emerge with so much of Eastern Europe falling under Soviet control. The reality that the Western powers understood was that Stalinist aggression in the form of land expansion and ...

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Examination of how the Cold War origins filtered into the Korean War and its historical legacy.