The United States And Russia Essay

2128 Words Nov 30th, 2014 9 Pages
During the mid-1940 's the United States and Russia were in superpower positions after World War II had ended and left Europe in a pile of rubble. Continuous tension between the United States and Russia led to the beginning of the Cold War. The conflict was simply constant disagreements of political, military, and economic morals and ideas. Russia and the United States both had a strong military but never had an actual war between each other. In 1947, the United States started the Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery program. This program allowed the United States to give economic support to Europe to help rebuild after World War II. The Marshall Plan provided markets for American goods, created reliable trading partners, and supported stable democratic governments in Western Europe. This plan was rejected by Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union, from the mid-1920 's until his death in 1953. Any Eastern European country accepting the aid provided through the Marshall Plan was punished. In answer to the Marshall Plan the Soviet Union came up with the Molotov Plan. This plan was to provide aid to rebuild the countries in Eastern Europe and spread communism through many countries. The Soviet Union had spread communism throughout Eastern Germany and some countries in Southeast Asia. The United States sided with and supported almost all of Western Europe. Throughout the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union had many clashes. The two…

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