Traditional Great Power Rivalry

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  • Traditional Great Power rivalry
    • geopolitical inevitability of US Soviet conflict
      • the cold war was an inevitable outcome of the two powers' struggle for power
        • Plans over Asia sparked rivalry, as the Russians had expended East, and the US West.
      • Russian and US expansionism brought the two into closer contact, which generated rivalry.
    • Traditional Russian expansionism
      • Stalin's foreign policy was a continuation of the expansionist Tsarist Empire
        • Stalin acted as a Red Tsar after 1945 by seeking to extend Russia's influence
      • Aim towards global communism
      • Russia's communists continued authoritarianism and the desire to expend territory
    • Britain and France attempted to maintain the status quo against the challenge of germany
    • Soviet foreign policy was driven by insecurity, and was therefore defensive
      • Russia had been invaded in 1606, 1812,1915, 1918 and 1941
    • The power vacuums created by WW2 created conflict between the US and USSR
      • They attempted to further their influence


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