Cold War summary

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Chapter 1: The end of the Second World War

  • Before the Second World War, the relationship between the USSR and the West was one of mistrust
  • The existence of a common enemy, in the form of Nazi Germany, brought the two sides together in a Grand Alliance
  • Tensions began to arise at the Yalta Conference, although some agreements were made, most notably on the issue of Germany
  • By the time of the Potsdam Conference, the Grand Alliance had disintegrated
  • The use of the atomic bomb on Japan ended the war and the Grand Alliance. It also drastically added to the growing tension and mistrust between the USSR and the West 
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Chapter 2: The Iron Curtain and the evolution of E

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