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1 JOSEPH STALIN’S ROLE IN THE COLD WAR Name Course Date
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2 Introduction Just like the two World Wars, the Cold War has a special spot in history. The devastating effects the war caused are tantamount. To this day, the world still leaves in the shadows of the war. Josef Stalin was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) leader during the period of the war. However, the war, from its name, did not involve military actions since both parties had nuclear military might that would have completely destroyed them all. Thus, there were massive political military tensions and threats that lasted the entire period. Furthermore, there were tensions in other forms of life between the parties such as technology and sports. To this day, it is not outright clear as to the real causes of the war. The Cold War resulted from the Second World- War in which the rivals had fought on one side. As a consequence there emerged two world powers, the democratic USA and the communist Soviet Union. The role of Stalin was immense given his leadership position in the Soviet Union. In 1943, Stalin together with allied leaders, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met in the Tehran conference. In the meeting, the other two leaders disagreed with Stalin’s proposal to use a military intervention in the Germany-Poland border dispute. 1 The American president and British premier were afraid of the human casualties of such an incursion. At this point, Stalin started suspecting his allies of turning their backs on the USSR and instead joining Adolf Hitler. Stalin also felt threatened by the Capitalist powers foreign policies that sought to undermine communism, his country’s backbone. In the Yalta conference, all three world leaders had personal agenda. Stalin wanted to expand into eastern Poland, more land hence Russian strength. Roosevelt wanted to prevent Russia’s interference in the pacific war and also resolve it. Similarly, Winston sought to keep the British Empire intact.
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