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What was 'containment', and to what extent did the US and UK work together to implement it?

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11. What was 'containment', and to what extent did the US and UK work together to implement it?

The Cold War, the confrontation between America and the Soviet Union, each supported by their allies, dominated world politics from 1945 to 1991. The USSR was politically and economically the opposite of almost everything America and Britain stood for. Nevertheless, the Second World War and the threat of Nazism brought the two sides together in a marriage of convenience in order to defeat Hitler. In fact, Franklin D. Roosevelt liked to cite an old Balkan proverb from time to time during the Second World War 'to explain the use of questionable allies to achieve unquestionable objectives: "My children, it is permitted you in time of grave danger walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge."' Once that aim had been achieved the basis of their co-operation had disappeared. Furthermore, the issues which confronted the allies at the end of the war were complex - the future of Germany and Poland, the fate of the other liberated countries in Eastern Europe, reparations, the foundation of the United Nations, the control and use of atomic technology- and both sides had

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