• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Which of these two factors was more important in the development of the Cold War to the end of 1945? Disagreement over Poland or Truman's personality

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Which of these two factors was more important in the development of the Cold War to the end of 1945? Disagreement over Poland or Truman's personality There were several factors which led to the development of the Cold War. In this essay I will discuss the disagreement over Poland and Truman's personality. Disagreement over how Poland should be governed was a very important factor in the development of the Cold War. Churchill, Britain and Roosevelt, USA wanted Poland to be democratic whereas Stalin wanted to make sure that Poland's new government was friendly towards the USSR. The Yalta Agreement had tried to achieve a compromise over the future of Poland but this was not possible because Poland would have to either be democratic or friendly towards the USSR. ...read more.

Middle

As a result, it was brutally destroyed by the Germans and almost 300,000 Poles were killed in the process. Again, this harmed the relation between Britain and America and the USSR. At Yalta, they tried to resolve the problems concerning the government of Poland and Polish land. The borders of Poland were altered without too much problem and it was agreed that the Lublin government in Poland was to be expanded to include some London Poles as well and that free elections would be held as soon as possible. However, this was not put into practice; Stalin only talked about bringing non-communists into Poland without carrying it out and Molotov, the Foreign Minister rejected the idea of letting the London Poles have a significant role in the government. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also, Truman made it clear that he thought America was in a much stronger position than the USSR because they had the atomic bomb, which irritated the Soviet Union. However, the possibility of the Cold War was high whether Truman was like that or not. To conclude, I think that the disagreement over Poland was a lot more influential in the development of the Cold War. As these two reasons are linked, they are both important. Although the hostility that arose due to Truman's treatment of Molotov and how he acted at Potsdam certainly played a part, the trust that was lost due to Stalin's failure to carry out his promises regarding Poland was a bigger factor and was a major cause of the Cold War. Ellinor Ottosson, 10L ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. This graduation paper is about U.S. - Soviet relations in Cold War period. Our ...

    war materiel, the decisive form of relief that Stalin sought was the actual involvement of American and British soldiers in Western Europe. Only such an invasion could significantly relieve the pressure of massive German divisions on the eastern front. During the years 1941-44, fewer than 10 percent of Germany's troops

  2. The Prelude to the 1975 War and the Cairo Agreement.

    As the war intensified members of the LAA began to realize that they had been played and used by the PLO and so the LAA shrank from approximately 3,000-4,000 troops in March 1976 to a few hundred by the end of the year by the end of the year and

  1. How important was the war at sea

    By July 1916 around 700,000 men had fallen. The French army was in crisis even though there were huge losses on both sides. The next major offensive on the Western Front was the Battle of the Somme 1 July-18 November 1916. This was the offensive for which the British 'New Armies' had been preparing since 1915, the 'Big Push' which would finally break the trench deadlock.

  2. Many peoples have contributed to the development of the United States of America, a ...

    and to veto legislation aimed at protecting the civil rights of former slaves (see CIVIL RIGHTS ACTS). In the congressional election of 1866 a huge majority of Republicans was elected, and the Radicals gained a precarious ascendancy. Senator Charles SUMNER of Massachusetts and Representative Thaddeus STEVENS (New England-born)

  1. Discuss the reasons why the wartime conferences resulted in cold war rivalry by the ...

    Soviet friendly government whereas the West wanted it as neutral country with democratic elections. Anthony Eden, the British Foreign Minister, suggested the Curzon Line, which was originally drawn up in 1919, should become the Russian- Polish border and the land lost to Poland should be compensated in Eastern Germany i.e.

  2. What factors have prompted democratisation in Argentina?

    The CGT13, the General Labour Confederation, along with the Multipartidaria decided that the time was finally ripe for action. This turning-point happened in the form of a protest on March 30th 2002 that drew approximately 45 000 protesters, and was the largest public show of no-confidence in the military junta so far.

  1. Assess the reasons for the development of the Cold War

    in March 1945 and then subsequently arrested them; this allowed for many topics of argument at the Potsdam conference. The Allies had disagreed openly about many aspects, such as the details of how to divide Germany and the Russian influence over the countries of Eastern Europe.

  2. The aim of this essay is to evaluate if the end of the Cold ...

    The end of the Cold war had brought with it, the invalidity of the limiting force of bipolarity in the international system. In the Western and Eastern bloc, the concept of a common threat was now the defining principle of order.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work