PLANNING THE ESSAY
Student: _Todd Isbister__Achievement: ApplicationTotal: ___ Marks
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Background Information:Following WWII two super powers remained. Controversy and economic struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union was inevitable. Because of the tension between the two nations an arms race emerged and a fear of attack persuaded both nations to create powerful weapons that had never been seen before. The greatest fear during the cold war was a nuclear war erupting resulting in the death of millions. Never the less no nuclear weapons were dropped during the cold war years (1985-1991) and the war ended essentially when the Soviet Union went bankrupt.
Controversial Question:What super powering started the Cold War?
Thesis Statement:By reviewing issues such as the broken political promises to the nations that the soviets occupied, the Soviet unions never ending lust for world communism, and the Berlin Blockage one can see how the Soviet Union made the Cold War and inevitable event.
Sub-Topics:1) Broken political promises to the nations that the Soviets occupied.
2) Soviet Unions never engine lust for world communism.
3) The Berlin Blockade.
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Major Idea: Broken political promises to the nations that the soviets occupied resulting in Soviet Government over throwing there governments started the spread of Communism in the west provoking the start of the Cold War.
Evidence:The soviet Union promised free elections, but didn’t end up following through. Instead they assigned their own elected government that was communist.
Concluding Sentence:If it wasn’t for the Soviet Unions government over throwing the governments of countries in western Europe the United States and Britain would not have seen the spread of communism east as a threat of world communism and issues such as the “Iron Curtain” wouldn’t have existed.
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Major Idea: The Soviet’s beliefs in World Communism lead to the start of the Cold War.
Evidence:Communism was all through the west of Europe and moving east towards Britain. When Poland held there election in 1945 only 17% of the vote supported the Soviet Union. Threatened by the thought of loosing control the Soviet Union took control and suppressed there government and reinstated one of their own.
Concluding Sentence:If it wasn’t for the Soviet Union acted out there belief that communism should be the way of all of Europe the United States would have never seen the spread of communism as a threat and tension between the Soviet Union and the States would have never come to be.
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Major Idea: The Soviet Unions creation of the blockade was one of the last straws when it came to the eruption of the cold war.
Evidence:The Soviet Union introduced the blockade which was a threat to the airlifted humanitarian provisions sent by America and Britain which at the time was the lifeline preventing communism into turkey and Greece the only non communist countries in Western Europe.
Concluding Sentence:The Berlin blockade was a major threat to the non communist nations that the United States were supported. If the Berlin Blockade didn’t exist then Greece and Turkey would have been able to hold there own and the stop of the spread of communism wouldn’t have heightened tensions that resulted in the Cold War.
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Summary of Sub-Topics:The start of the Cold War was directed affected by the soviets broken political promises to western Europe, there belief in world communism and the creation of the Berlin Blockade
Restate the Thesis:By reviewing events such as the broken political promises to the nations that the soviets occupied, the Soviet union never ending lust for world communism, and the Berlin Blockade one has seen how the Soviet Union started the Cold war.
Positive, moral, lesson learned sentence:One government’s belief will not always agree with the rest of the world.
Working Bibliography: (please attach)Issacs, J. , Downing T. Cold War: An illustrated History 1945-1991:
Little Brown Co. 1998
Laress, Klaus. The Cold War, Royal Holloway University of London: Sept, 2001
Cold War Culture: The Nuclear fear of the 1950’s and 60’s