Evaluate the significance of the Cold War
The significance of the Cold War
The Cold War was the most important political issue of the early postwar period. It grew out of longstanding disagreements between the Soviet Union and the United States. In 1918 American troops participated in the Allied intervention in Russia on behalf of anti-Bolshevik forces. Unable to forget the specter of the Great Depression (1929-1940), American now fostered its familiar position of free trade, and sought to eliminate trade barriers both to create markets for American agricultural and industrial products, and to ensure the ability of West European nations to export as a means to generate economic growth and rebuild their economies. Reduced trade barriers promoted economic growth at home and abroad, and bolster stability with the U.S. friends and allies.