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  • USA misjudgements and misperceptions
    • US thought poorer countries more likely to turn to communism
      • = marshall plan established
        • showed USSRs econonomic weakness
    • stalin's claims on the dardanelles reflected sov trade
      • US saw it as expansion
    • US ignored evidence which showed sov goals were defensive rather than global communism
      • (china seen more as a rival than ally)
    • Truman doctrine
      • based on the false assumption that USSR was helping Greek communists in the civil war
    • US gov mistakenly assumed that Stalin had deliberately engineered the Korean war


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