How far do you agree with the view that the development of the Cold War in the Period 1945-1950 was the result of Stalins foreign policy?

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How far do you agree with the view that the development of the Cold War in the Period 1945-1950 was the result of Stalin’s foreign policy?

During the period of 1945 to 1950 the Cold War developed between the Superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union. The end of the Second World War had resulted in a power vacuum over war-torn Europe and left a legacy of mistrust and suspicion between the two superpowers. The Yalta and Potsdam conferences proved this as they failed to agree on certain issues and as the leaders of the United Kingdom and United States changed in between the two conferences. The relationship and trust between the leaders that once stood close during the war had broken down. During this period Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union and President Truman of the United States had conflicted with each other nations in a series of events in Europe such as the Czechoslovakian Crisis and the Berlin Blockade. There were also the other policies such as the Truman Doctrine and the Protection of the Socialist State that also played a huge part in the birth of the Cold war. However, there is much debate into which leader or country was to take the majority of the blame for developing the cold war. Some historians say that Stalin was the main cause of the cold war as he extended his policy of isolationism into defending his socialist state by taking over the neighbouring war torn states, this had then alerted the capitalist west and

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There is a popular belief that Stalin caused the Cold War through his polices. Probably the biggest cause of conflict between the West and East was what Stalin did to the Eastern Bloc. At Yalta the Allies agreed to allow liberated countries of Eastern Europe to hold elections to determine what political system they want to follow. Between 1945-1947 most of the elections occurred where coalition governments were formed with Communist governments. 1946 onwards Stalin did not wish to see these coalition governments. In 1947 Communist groups took over the governments of Poland, Hungary and Romania. By 1948 Communist governments ...

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