The situation in 1941, ideological difference, and attitudes

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  • The situation in1941, ideological differences, and attitudes
    • Ideological differences and Attiudes
      • The Bolshevik Revolution and following Civil War isolated the USSR from the Western Powers
      • There was a deep suspicion of communism in the West as it promoted a world-wide socialist revolution
        • The Bolsheviks promoted this being setting up an international organization - the Comintern
      • The communists also deeply hated the capitalist countries as they viewed it as a system of exploitation
    • The Interwar Years
      • Rise of fascism in Germany and Italy caused deeper divides in Europe
      • The USSR remained very isolated but western powers were aware and worried about their rapid industralistion and extreme repression
      • Stalin's support of Spanish Communist in their civil war (1936-9) deepened the divide.
        • In a move to protect the USSR, he allied with Hitler in 1939, confirming the suspicions of the West
    • The Situation by 1941
      • When WWII started, Stalin regained lost lands in the Baltics and Poland.
        • Britain seriously contemplated declaring war on the USSR when they occupied Finland in 1940
      • The hostility was well established
        • deep ideological differences
        • West feared Russian influence
        • USSR resented it's exclusion from diplomacy in the 1930s
        • The west despised the Nazi-Soviet Pact and USSR's expansion into E.Europe


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