American History–Post WWII–American and Soviet Relations

After World War II the United States and the Soviet Union who were once allies now clashed over a variety of issues such as the control of atomic weapons, Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe and the foreign policy of each nation, essentially pitting communism and capitalism against each other. As you read the following documents, note the differences in how each nation perceived each other. (Video Lecture 12.1)
“Telegram: A Soviet View of U.S. Foreign Policy 1946; Nikolai Novikov” (Links to an external site.)
“The Sources of Soviet Conduct 1947; George Kennan” (Links to an external site.)
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How would you characterize Novikov’s analysis of U.S. foreign policy?
What strategies does Kennan outline for containing communism? What does Kennan see as the outcome of this policy?
Discuss at least 3 of the major differences between the Soviet view of the United States and the American perception of the Soviet Union and why they are significant. Are these differences still relevant today and why?
Type in the question you are answering above your response, clearly state your position and 2-3 of the main points you intend to discuss in the first paragraph. In the following paragraphs cite facts from the documents to support your position and explain how/why these facts support your position. Reference the documents and the text if applicable within your essay in parenthesis after the passage it references. The last paragraph, your conclusion, should sum up your main points/facts and explain how/why they support your position. The length requirement is 1 to 1 1/2 pages single-spaced. View the Document Analysis rubric to see how this assignment is graded.


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