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Why did relations between the USA and the USSR change in the period from the end of WW2 and the beginning of the Berlin Blockade 1948?

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Helen Tiffney 11DM Why did relations between the USA and the USSR change in the period from the end of WW2 and the beginning of the Berlin Blockade 1948? (15) In the period from the end of the Second World War to the beginning of the Berlin Blockade there were significant changes in the relations between the USA and the USSR and these were due to many causes. At the Yalta conference in February 1945 the USA and the USSR were getting along quite well, making decisions about what should happen to help resolve the problems that the war had caused. There were no real disagreements apart from over Poland's government but this was soon resolved as Britain and the US persuaded Stalin to allow Poland to have free elections. ...read more.

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Elections were rigged in order fro Communist parties to take control and Stalin also set up a trading alliance known as Cominform or Comecon and this was to allow trade between communist countries. It led to a complete divide between the East and West of Germany and it appeared to the USA that Stalin was trying to build up a communist empire. This meant there was an either bigger lack of trust between the superpowers, causing them to take actions into their own hands. In 1947 President Truman set up both the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Aid. The Truman Doctrine was set up in order to contain communism, therefore stopping it from spreading into other countries. Truman had recently helped Greece defeat the communists by giving them supplies and Truman was convinced he needed to give this help to other countries too. ...read more.

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This worried Stalin because he felt like they were ganging up on him. He tried to force the western allies out of Berlin and this eventually led to him creating the whole Berlin Blockade. This turned the USA and Britain completely against the USSR, stopping them from being allies anymore. Overall it is clear that there are many reasons why the relations between the USA and the USSR changed in the period between the end of WW2 and the Berlin Blockade. This was mainly due to Stalin going against the other superpowers and the agreements they had made with each other. However some may argue it it the USA's fault because they did not discuss some of their decisions such as Marshall Aid, with the USSR before going ahead with it. ...read more.

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