when did the cold war start

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Posted Thu 1st March, 2012 @ 19:29 by Anoop khinder

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It as seen as the period: 1945 - 1991 although the roots of the war go back as far as the October Revolution during the 1918 - 1919 period when the 'Reds' and the 'Whites' inside Russia fought a Civil War and, the US being the US, decided to get involved and supported the 'Whites' who eventually lost to Communism. So the suspicion started there and indeed post WW1 & WW2 a number of actions made relations shaky such as:

1. Russia were not included in the Treaty Of Versailles negotiations even though they assisted in the allied war effort. They were also excluded from the League Of Nations

2. Britain did not recognise the Communist Government until 1924 and America only followed suit in 1934

3. Stalin was suspicious about the timing of the D-Day landings. He felt the allies were trying to exhaust the USSR and Germany and they would just sweep in and pick up the pieces

4. The allies also did not side with the USSR until late 1930's making Stalin suspicious

So the Cold War essentially had its roots planted long before 1945 but it was not until 1945 that the plant we now know as the Cold War began to 'flourish' 

Hope That Helps!

Answered Fri 16th March, 2012 @ 17:04 by CF
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The answer is debatable. Historians are in disagreement about the precise date

but, generally the Cold War is seen as starting 1944/45 as WW2 ends

Answered Fri 2nd March, 2012 @ 19:44 by Cara
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Some even say the first signs appeared even during WW2, somewhere around the Teheran conference, but the most usual answer - the end of WW2

Answered Mon 12th March, 2012 @ 11:28 by Maria