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For what reason and with what results did the Second World War allies become post-war enemies

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International Baccalaureate History

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Essay: For what reason and with what results did the Second

World War allies become post-war enemies?

Shortly after the Second World War ended, foreign armies ended up facing themselves on land they did not own. This ended up creating two big groups: the Soviet Union, and France, Great Britain and the United States. These old allies knew that the situation of both these opposing idealisms in direct contrast could only make the tension become worse. We then know that they eventually ended up become two great superpower enemies.

Russia had not always been a Communist country. Before the Tsar overthrow in 1917, it had been a relatively wealthy country (It still had a lot of farmers and poor people.) that had taken advantage of the Industrial Revolution. Also Russia did have good relations with other Western states. At the time because of the absence of tension, the terms "Western States" wasn't used. However events such as the loss of the Russo-Japanese War quickly led the Tsar to lose popularity and be overthrown. Then as the Russian civil war broke-up, USA helped the anti-communist forces, clearly stating its opposition to communism, leading to

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