APUSH Unit 8 - TheU.S. TheSovietswereno

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Relations between the United States and the Soviet Union were never cordial  Communism and capitalism were hostile social philosophies  The U.S. had failed to recognize the Bolshevik government until  1933 – sixteen years after the revolution in Russia  The Soviets were not allowed to participate in the Manhattan  project, while Britain was a full partner  The British and Americans were slow to get aid to the Soviets after  the U.S. entered WW II  The U.S suspended lend-lease aid to the Soviets in 1945 –  materials that the Soviets desperately needed  Washington refused to make the Soviets a $6 billion reconstruction  loan in 1945, while simultaneously making a loan to Britain in the  amount of $3.75 billion  To Americans, Stalin’s postwar desire to have friendly governments  established in Eastern Europe, looked like a land grab – an  intentional act by the Soviets to establish a sphere of influence  Americans were suspect of the Soviet’s real intentions – they  did not believe that a defensive buffer was what was desired  – instead believing that the spread of Soviet communism  was their true purpose US Role WWI vs WWII WWI: We fought for free trade, and economic rights. WWII: We fought with a cause: to prevent the spread of communism. Problems with Germany Nuremberg War Crimes Trial – Top Nazi leaders are charged with war crimes  and those convicted are put to death (1945 – 46) 
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2010 for the course AMER HIST 45213 taught by Professor Platt during the Spring '10 term at Berkeley.

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APUSH Unit 8 - TheU.S. TheSovietswereno

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