P‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍lease use your textbook and your own analysis as you read,

P‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍lease use your textbook and your own analysis as you read, to conceptualize and answer this question. For this opening week we have read on the dawn of the Cold War. Consider the opening chapters of your text to discuss the mindset of the former allies; specifically compare and contrast the ideology of Truman (and perhaps Churchill) with that of Joseph Stalin and the U.S.S.R. Statement by the President on the H-Bomb January 31, 1950 It is part of my responsibility as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces to see to it that our country is able to defend itself against any possible aggressor. Accordingly, I have directed the Atomic Energy Commission to continue work on all forms of atomic weapons, including the so-called hydrogen or super bomb. Like all other work in the field of atomic weapons, it is being and will be carried forw‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ard on a basis consistent with the over all objectives of our program for peace and security. This we shall continue to do until a satisfactory plan for international control of atomic energy is achieved. We shall also continue to examine all those factors that affect our program for peace and this country’s security. Source: Question: How would you describe the tone of Truman’s statement? Does the language reflect atomic (Hydrogen) capabilities as a deterrent or an offensive possibility for the United States? Most importantly, specify what had just occurred (only months before this…in 1949) which spurred this language and action? Finally, use your textbook and/or outside sources to discuss how Stalin reacted to the West’s methodology and rhetor‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ic.

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