As noted, his first Congressional campaign boasted of taking on the anti-Cold War faction of the Democratic party led by Henry Wallace, and as a congressman he aligned himself with those who said the Truman Administration wasn't being tough enough, when he willingly attached his name to the chorus demanding "Who Lost China?
Pro-Soviet accounts[ edit ] Soviet historiography was under central control and blamed the West for the Cold War. Carr wrote a volume history of the Soviet Unionwhich was focused on the s and published — Davies said Carr belonged to the anti-Cold-War school of history, which regarded the Soviet Union as the major progressive force in the world, the United States as the world's principal obstacle to the advancement of humanity and the Cold War as a case of American aggression against the Soviet Union.
For more than a decade after the end of the World War II, few American historians challenged the official American interpretation of the beginnings of the Cold War.
Bailey argued in his America Faces Russia that the breakdown of postwar peace was the result of Soviet expansionism in the immediate years following World War II. Bailey argued Joseph Stalin violated promises he had made at the Yalta Conferenceimposed Soviet-dominated regimes on unwilling Eastern European populations and conspired to spread communism throughout the world.
The Onset of the Cold War stated similar views. According to him, Soviet aggression in Eastern Europe in the postwar period was responsible for starting of the Cold War. Apart from this, he also argued that Franklin D.
Roosevelt 's policies towards Stalin and his "surrender" to Stalin's demands in the Yalta Conference paved the way for Soviet aggression and destabilized balance of power in Europe in Soviet favor. Much more important were the revisionists who argued that both United States and the Soviet Union were responsible for blundering into the war and rejected the premises of "containment".
They battled the "orthodox" historians. Williams challenged the long-held assumptions of "orthodox" accounts, arguing that Americans had always been an empire-building people even while American leaders denied it.
To achieve that objective, they pursued an " open door " policy abroad, aimed at increasing access to foreign markets for American business and agriculture.
They cited evidence that the Soviet Union's occupation of Eastern Europe had a defensive rationale and that Soviet leaders saw themselves as attempting to avoid encirclement by the United States and its allies. Hiroshima and Potsdamrevisionists have focused on the United States decision to use atomic weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the last days of World War II.
According to Alperovitz, the bombs were used not against an already-defeated Japan to win the war, but to intimidate the Soviets by signaling that the United States would use nuclear weapons to stop Soviet expansion, though they failed to do so.
The World and U. Foreign Policy, — has also received considerable attention in the historiography on the Cold War.
The Kolkos argued American policy was both reflexively anticommunist and counterrevolutionary. The United States was fighting not necessarily Soviet influence, but also any form of challenge to the American economic and political prerogatives through covert or military means.
In a variety of ways, "post-revisionist" scholarship before the fall of Communism challenged earlier works on the origins and course of the Cold War. During the period, "post-revisionism" challenged the "revisionists" by accepting some of their findings, but rejecting most of their key claims.
Paterson in Soviet-American Confrontation viewed Soviet hostility and United States efforts to dominate the postwar world as equally responsible for the Cold War.
The account was immediately hailed as the beginning of a new school of thought on the Cold War claiming to synthesize a variety of interpretations. Leffler who "demonstrated that it was not so much the actions of the Kremlin as it was fears about socioeconomic dislocation, revolutionary nationalism, British weakness, and Eurasian vacuums of power that triggered US initiatives to mold an international system to comport with its concept of security".
For example, Ernest May wrote in a essay: According to Gaddis, Stalin was in a much better position to compromise than his Western counterparts, given his much broader power within his own regime than Truman, who was often undermined by vociferous political opposition at home.
Asking if it would have been possible to predict that the wartime alliance would fall apart within a matter of months, leaving in its place nearly a half century of cold war, Gaddis wrote in his book We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History the following: Geography, demography, and tradition contributed to this outcome but did not determine it.
It took men, responding unpredictably to circumstances, to forge the chain of causation; and it took [Stalin] in particular, responding predictably to his own authoritarian, paranoid, and narcissistic predisposition, to lock it into place.
Cumings urged post-revisionists to employ modern geopolitical approaches like world-systems theory in their work.The Moral Equivalent of War William James Introduction.
The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party.
The military feelings are too deeply grounded to abdicate their place among our ideals until better substitutes are offered than the glory and shame that come to nations as well as to individuals from the ups and downs of politics and the vicissitudes of trade.
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