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Origins of the Cold War

Richard C. Hall

in Consumed by War

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125589
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125589.003.0012
Origins of the Cold War

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The origins of the settlement of World War II began during the actual fighting. This settlement is inseparable from the beginning of the Cold War, the third phase of the twentieth-century European conflict. The Cold War began as World War II concluded and prevented a formal resolution to that war for some time. German war aims were fairly straightforward, though they tended toward the fantastical. The Germans wanted to dominate Europe economically and politically as far as the Ural Mountains. This involved the defeat of France in western Europe and the conquest of Soviet Russia for the acquisition of lebensraum in eastern Europe. This lebensraum was partly economic, intended to ensure that Germany would never have to endure economic travails because of a British blockage. It was also partly political: Adolf Hitler wanted to ensure German domination of Europe for 1,000 years.

Keywords: Cold War; Europe; conflict; World War II; Germany; France; Soviet Russia; lebensraum; Britain; Adolf Hitler

Chapter.  6558 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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