History 152 - Lecture 17

History 152 - Lecture 17 - Lecture # 17 The Cold War I....

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Lecture # 17 The Cold War I. Russia A. European war began in 1939. Ever since America entered the war late in 1941 Russia begged the U.S. to open a second front, from the French side to ease the pressure off the Soviets. B. Casualties 1. In the war America lost over 405,000: 2% of Soviet loss 2. Germany lost 4 million 3. Russia lost 9 million: over 20 million including civilians C. Yalta: February, 1945: Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill met to discuss the postwar future. D. Stalin promised free elections for countries under the Red Army control – Poland, Czech, Hungary, Romania. E. Stalin wanted friendly borders, especially Poland, through which Germany had attacked. F. As early as 1946, future secretary of state Dean Acheson became convinced that the Soviets posed at threat to U.S. security. G. By 1947, the term “Cold War” was used to describe the rivalry between the two superpowers. 1. U.S. has a monopoly over nuclear weapons 2. Clash first in Eastern Europe 3. Stalin felt he had a free hand in determining the governments of countries that the red army had liberated – As U.S. was doing in Japan and Italy
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History 152 - Lecture 17 - Lecture # 17 The Cold War I....

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