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Who gained more from Yalta and Potsdam?

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Page 59 of thick textbook: Which side gained the most from the Yalta and Potsdam conferences? Explain your answer. (10 Marks) The Yalta and Potsdam conferences in 1945 highlighted the difference in political ideologies between the Soviet Union and Britain and America. The conferences as catalysed the breakdown of the marriage of convenience that existed between the Capitalists and the Communists as well as marking the start of the Soviet's rule over Eastern Europe. The Lublin Poles' occupation of Eastern European countries gave Stalin an undeniable amount of power in addition to intimidating the Capitalists. ...read more.

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The Lublin Poles' victory was a major political triumph over the Capitalists which proved the Soviet's influence which would be a prominent part of global history for years to come. The Americans' development of the Atomic bomb was not only a scientific feat, it symbolised great political power due to the potential threat it posed. Truman's revelation of this development undeniably concerned Stalin immensely , but in doing so, catalysed the Soviets' determination in technological advancement and shifted the USSR's priorities. This shift could be seen to provoke the arms race in which the countries were so similar. ...read more.

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This meant the Soviet's had power over the area surrounding the capital which proved key during the Berlin Blockade. Although the blockade's success may be questioned, the fact it affected the capitalists is beyond doubt. Overall, the Yalta and Potsdam conferences caused great political tension yet the Soviet's outcomes proved to be key in their successes throughout the Cold War. The capitalist gain in these conferences was also significant as it showed the political power they had, yet the Soviet's occupation of Eastern Europe was a immense advantage for the communists and cannot be overlooked as these conferences brought about the Soviet Union's empire. ...read more.

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