History 314 Study Question 5_Solutions

History 314 Study Question 5_Solutions - History 314 Study...

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History 314 Study Question 5 US-Soviet tensions erupted in World War II and afterward because of conflicts over the future of Europe and the immediately contiguous areas of Southwest Asia—places where Soviet political and territorial ambitions were relatively easy to see. By 1950, however, the Cold War had achieved a global scope. Why did this globalization of the conflict occur, in your judgment? I: World War II A) Grand Alliance 1) Great Britain (Churchill), Soviet Union (Stalin), United States (FDR) 2) US + Britain had closer ties with each other than with Soviets British and Americans had a friendly ally relationship vs. either relationship w/ Moscow = necessary ally 3) As long as there was a common enemy, the Big-3 would stand united, however ideological differences and historical issues strained the alliance. B) Wartime Diplomacy 1) After 1942, when the Red Army surrounded the Germans at Stalingrad, the Germans began to lose their appearance of invincibility, therefore the allied forces were able to first consider the political questions of the war. 2) Tehran Conference, November 1943: where US + Brits agree on second front and USSR commit to “united front” against Japan after Germany was defeated 3) Yalta, February 1945: established… i: the shape of post-war Europe -Stalin agreed to broaden of Polish govt—insist on friendly government in Poland b/c Soviets bore so much of the brunt of the war in the East Stalin remind US that Russia suffered 2 German invasions, therefore Poland had to serve as a buffer zone for Communism -Declaration on Liberated Europe: called for free, democratic elections ii: confirmed establishment of UN iii: Stalin agreed to fight the Japanese 4) Potsdam, June 1945: dealt with problem of post-war Germany i: Truman trend away from disarmament that FDR had agreed upon earlier, thinking a prosperous Germany would benefit the US ii: US pushed for military control of Germany, split into 4 zones, all following one economic system C) Atomic Bomb 1) US prepared for invasion of Japan, but instead drop atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2) Diplomatic advantages: i: if drop before Stalin could get involved in Pacific, the USSR would not
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