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Unformatted text preview: 09/12/2011 Stalin and His Allies, 1945-1947 I: Introduction—Nowhere to Go but Down? Soviet triumph over Nazi Germany was a remarkable day for them, and they posed an existential threat and the victory of the Soviet Union was being celebrated around the world as a triumph for humanity; Soviet Union has been elevated to a position of international respectability that has been deprived of it, and Stalin is an international statesman, however this victory came at high cost (20 million Soviets killed during war, livestock and lives destroyed and displaced). Stalin doesn’t want to fight in any more wars anytime soon, but how can the Soviets get as much as they can from their victory without provoking and violent contention with enemies? Instead of a cooperation between the world powers, but divided into spheres of influence, and the two great power blocks will then live in an uneasy relationship with one another (thus...
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