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- Attribute the outbreak of the Cold War to Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union
- They argue that the soviet regime intiated the Cold War by seeking to expand and exert control over Europe and Asia
- Argue that Stalin broke the agreements forged at Yalta and Potsdam, in order to expand Soviet communism into Eastern Europe and throughout the world.
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- Attribute greater responsibility for the Cold War to the United States
- US policy after WW2 was neither passive nor benign. It was driven more by economic considerations and national self-interest than the principles of democracy and self-determination
- American policymakers pushed to contain soviet communism in Europe for selfish reasons: they wanted a European continent populated with capitalist nations open to trade and American exports.
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- Post Revisionist historians looked for middle ground between Orthodox and Revisionist histories of the Cold War
- Believed that both countries were to blame for the start of the Cold War
- A historian Gaddis identified several factors that contributed to the emergence of a US-Soviet cold war: historical problems pre-1941, including a lack of communication and formal recongition; the delay in opening up a second Allied front in Europe, leaving soviets three years to battle the Nazis unaided
- Suggest that Stalin was an opportunist and a pragmatist, rather than an international revolutionary who hell-bent on exporting communism around the world. They also accept that American foreign policy often involved overreach and was driven, at least in part, by economic imperatives.
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