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course outline 9_22 - .W.II I ,193945 A. B. to

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The Grand and Strange Alliance:  American-British-Soviet Relations in W.W. II I. Transformed US-UK-USSR Relations, 1939-45? A. From British plans to bomb Soviet oil fields  in 1939 to joint defeat of Germany  B. Churchill from hope in Oct 1942 for European  confederation to block “Russian barbarism” to Oct 1944 speech to House of Commons: “Our relations with the Soviet Union were never  more close, intimate and cordial than they are at  the present time.” C. American public shift from favoring Finland  vs. USSR 1939-40 to worrying more about UK  than USSR in 1945 D. Truman shift from June 1941 to 1945    - when Truman asked when Nazis invade USSR  in WWII, “What should policy be?”   - response: if see germans winning, back  germans, if USSR winning, back them; hopefully both will kill  each other off; dnt want either one to be visctorious   - after FDRs death, Truman believed tht US and  USSR should continue relations; wanted to continue FDRs  legacy Grand and Strange Alliance 1
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E. How deep were these shifts? F. Did cooperation in Grand Alliance establish a  possible foundation for postwar peace? G. Did strains in the “Strange Alliance”  foreshadow the post-1945 Cold War? II. British-Soviet Relations, 1941-1945 A. Role of Prime Minister Winston Churchill 1. Did he jettison his anti-Bolshevism and  welcome Stalin into genuine alliance? 2. Or did he set aside loathing only as long  as necessary to defeat of Germany?
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