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p. 162. The origins of the Cold War in Europe, 1945–50locked

  • Robert McMahon


‘Origins of the Cold War in Europe, 1945–50’ focuses on the fragile alliance formed between the USA and USSR during the war, and its inevitable breakdown in the following years. Both nations were able to subdue their antipathy during World War II in the face of a common adversary, but even this limited cooperation evaporated after the war. Tensions soon rose as a result of the Soviets establishing repressive regimes throughout Eastern Europe, American nuclear weapons, and German divisions. By the end of the decade, the USA had established NATO and developed the Truman Doctrine, while the Soviets tightened their grip on Europe and attempted to blockade Berlin.

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