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Tracy B. Strong

This chapter argues that a myriad of different types of factors came together, to some degree by accident, to result in the Cold War. It sketches out the factors that are essential to the understanding of what results as the Cold War. The factors leading to and shaping the Cold War are: a wide range of developments, often ignored, in United States (US) domestic politics; a set of bureaucratic dynamics both in the US and the USSR; internationally, a set of understandable perceptions of the other; and a set of historical contingencies. Each factor is both political and conceptual. They are domestic; they are international; they are bureaucratic; they are technical; they are matters of historical accident. The chapter then turns to the interplay of these factors with the international situation.

in American foreign policy