Lolade - There is a conventional view of the origin of the Cold War (Soviet belligerence), and there are alternative views (e.g. U.S. military-industrial complex, opinions on this discussion board; and others). I'm afraid you won't get agreement on this, because it is very political. The Cold War began between 1945 and 1948, depending on one's point of view. An excellent book that I came across in a discount book store is "Harry Truman and the War Scare of 1948" by Frank Kofsky. For FDR's commitment not to have a Cold War, and who wanted one, I have heard that "As He Saw It" by FDR's son Elliott Roosevelt is very revealing; it's probably available in libraries. Good luck! This should be a very interesting subject; it is an extremely important one.