To what extent you would agree that the period 1948-1953 there was a thaw in the superpower relations

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To what extent would you agree that the period 1948-1953 saw a ‘thaw’ in super power relation? 

By 1948, US-Soviet relations were deteriorating which made post-war co-operation seemed impossible. The establishment of Soviet’s Berlin Blockade consolidated the position of the two superpowers in Europe. Ironically, now that there was a clear territorial division, USSR and USA seemed more comfortable to put forward proposals for a more collaborative effort, especially in regards to the German problem. The idea of ‘thaw’ in the Cold War was paradoxical as there was a long stretch of time of conflicts due to ideological differences and a tight arms race. However, both sides adopted a new approach in policy and methods that arguably helped thaw the icy relationship between the East and the West. 

The consolidation of both superpowers in Europe help paved the way for a dialogue to be established between the two. US military commitment to NATO in 1949 against the aggression of Soviet communists and USSR’s Warsaw Pact against the perceived US imperialistic nature forced both sides to accept resulting division of Europe. Stalin was always concerned for the security of USSR and this eradicated that fear. Through the establishment of the Iron Curtain where Soviet sphere of influence was recognized, the antagonistic relationship between both powers was considerably improved which allowed them to seek some form of negotiation. 

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The Orthodox school of thought had always put emphasis that Stalin’s personality which had driven his foreign policy was the real culprit in the hostility of the Cold War. Stalin’s actions in 1945 was seen in the West as part of a concerted attempt to expand the communist world. The West had come to the conclusion that Stalin was untrustworthy and operated in suspicion and fear. The death of Stalin meant that the dynamics of Cold War relations were likely to be different. However, Revisionists historians such as W.McCagg and W.Hahn argued that Stalin was only one player in a ...

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