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Chapter 27 - Chapter 27 The Cold War Begins 1945-1952...

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Chapter 27: The Cold War Begins 1945-1952 George Kennan was a Soviet specialist who tried to explain Soviet aggression to puzzled officials in Washington. Construed the word containment . Roots of the Cold War Stalin was very pro-communism and wanted to spread this view through a sphere of influence throughout Europe. Installed puppet govt. in Poland. The United States wished to spread democracy and distrusted the Soviets after their broken promises from the Yalta Conference. The battle lines were clearly drawn. The Soviets and US were in a security dilemma: each step taken by one side to enhance security appeared as an act of provocation to the other. Harry Truman Takes Charge Truman was impulsive, decisive, and eager to show everybody he was in charge—having a monopoly on atomic weaponry. During a final meeting between the Grand Alliance, agreements were made in which Russia would withdraw troops from Iran and allow observers in Europe to monitor free elections. US would allow Russia to be attached with Poland and to occupy Eastern Germany. Truman foresaw peace after this meeting The Iron Curtain Falls Stalin violated his pledge—made during the peace meeting—to allow free elections. The Soviets were becoming more and more aggressive.
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