I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is needed to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% positive. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it
Great post, very informative. The number of American casualties compared to the Soviet casualties really helps us to understand why the Soviet Union distrusted the West and felt they should have helped earlier.
Very interesting and informative post. I like how you organized the post; the first sentence made me want to read. Also, great picture
Your blog post here just goes to show the ongoing labor problems within the Soviet Union. Major labor issues have existed since the Czarist regime and have continued on to this point in Russian/Soviet history as well. You would think that with all of the regime change and reform within Russian society, some of these problems would be amended, or at least not remain as serious as they once were. It’s amazing how long it took the Soviets and Russia to make actual progress in labor reform. Great blog post.
You made a great point by saying Germany’s defeat in the Soviet Union was one of the most influential factors in the German defeat in World War II. I don’t know about you, but I feel like a lot of people over look this point. The German defeat on the Eastern front made it much easier for the U.S. and the rest of the allies to push forward toward Berlin, including the Soviets march from the East. I knew the importance of these battles on the eastern front, but was unaware of the magnitude of destruction and death. Great post, very interesting.
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I think that you did an awesome job with the primary sources here. You did I great job of pulling citations from all sides as to get a good understanding of the the causes of the Cold War. In my opinion, given all of the precursors you mentioned (as well as some long term issues: US non-recognition of the Bolsheviks, the Allies waiting so long to open a second front, etc) the Cold War just seems inevitable. Kennen is a really interesting guy too because he is a great example of someone who really influenced history even though he is rarely mentioned. As the person who originally birthed the policy of containment, his views shaped US policy for nearly half a century.
Thanks for posting on a complex and oft-overlooked topic. The politics of the international communist movement bring out all of the ironies and contradictions of Stalin’s doctrine of “Socialism in One Country.”
“Perfect storm of unfortunate circumstances” sums it up beautifully. Well done!