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Discuss the claim that Stalin(TM)s actions in Eastern Europe during 1944 and 1945 were the most important reason for disputes between the wartime allies at the time.

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Discuss the claim that Stalin's actions in Eastern Europe during 1944 and 1945 were the most important reason for disputes between the wartime allies at the time. Passages Paper. There has been many controversial points raised about the wartime relationship between the USA, the USSR and Great Britain; some historians assert that Stalin's actions in Eastern Europe were the most vital of the disputes between the wartime allies, others disagree. The question refers to Stalin's actions in Eastern Europe; source D illustrates negative action taken by Stalin regarding Poland. It's a fairly orthodox view that Stalin deliberately halted at the Vistula River "and allowed the Nazis to return and crush the Poles." Approximately 200,000 Poles were killed in the Warsaw rising that went unaided. Stalin was not prepared to see an unfriendly government of Poland considering its vital position; this slaughter left Poland crippled creating the perfect opportunity for Stalin to "hand Poland over to his Puppets." ...read more.


Although there seems to be an air of agreement at this meeting, there is a worrying factor: Stalin's casual way in which he deals with the fate of millions. Churchill in his book claimed he said to Stalin: "Might it not be thought rather cynical if it had seemed we had disposed of these issues, so fateful to millions of people, in such an offhand manner? Let us burn the paper." To which Stalin replied "No, you keep it," This perhaps suggests the worrying issue that Stalin is not interested in written agreements and is quite willing to adept them to his own will. This will have of course caused concern but the validity of the source must be accounted for; it's from Churchill's book with the very dramatic title "Triumph and Tragedy" suggesting possible bias from an orthodox view. Another action of Stalin that caused disputes was his insistence on opening a Second Front. ...read more.


Stalin seems to have taken the majority of wrong action here yet the dropping of the atomic bomb was a vital decision that excluded Stalin. Despite McCauley's claim that "Roosevelt hoped to create post-war partnership with Stalin" disputes at Yalta and Potsdam suggest an important dispute between the wartime allies at the time. Some of the disputes discussed in all four sources suggest Stalin's actions in Eastern Europe to be the cause. Certainly all Stalin's actions regarding Poland created vast tensions and disputes as did the spheres of influence and Stalin's actions discussed at Potsdam: the moving of Poles into the USSR, communists integrated into governments and incorporating some of Poland into the Soviet Union. Yet the allies' hesitation in opening a second front created important disputes as did discussions at Yalta and Potsdam in particular the dropping of the atomic bomb. Therefore blame cannot be placed entirely unto Stalin; the "shotgun marriage" was bound to have disputes especially considering the importance of the issues they faced. ...read more.

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