Cold War Dbq Essay

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When the United States joined the allies during World War II, Franklin D Roosevelt had to work with both Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin to defeat Germany and Japan. From the attack of Pearl Harbor until Japan’s surrender, the United States assisted the two other world powers for stopping fascist influence on Europe and Asia. However, as the war began to close, and the plans for postwar Europe and Asia began to unfold, the United States and the Soviet Union turned against each other, democracy against communism, in a Cold War of influence over Europe, conflicts between nations, and the race for atomic bombs.
During the war, the United States and Soviet Union were allies for the primary goal of defeating Germany, making decisions and battle
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The Yalta conference, one of the last important conferences with Roosevelt taking part, revealed some of the disconnects between Russia and the other allied powers. Stalin’s promise to allow Poland a representative government with free elections, along with Bulgaria and Romania, was bound to be broken, since “Poland would be completely engulfed and buried deep in Russian occupied land” (Doc E). The conference predicted the territories that Russia would use as satellites and buffers, as well as the Soviet’s request for more spoils in the war. The Soviet Union, at the Yalta conference, agreed to attack Japan after the fall of Germany, but Roosevelt and Churchill foresaw the Soviets gaining territory from Japan and other parts of Asia. The United States also appealed to Russia with letting them have Manchurian railroads and special privileges at Dairen and Port Arthur, which was against China, but was arguably stopping the Soviet Union from taking more of China. Subsequently, the Potsdam conference, nearer to the end of the war, put the allies against each other even more, with Harry S Truman replacing Roosevelt due to his death, and Clement Attlee replacing Winston Churchill due to elections.The Potsdam conference disputed the end to the war, however with Churchill warning Truman, and Truman warning Attlee, both the US and Great Britain did not trust the Soviet Union. The atomic bombs were used partially to help stop Soviet Russia from gaining more land, and helped end the war sooner. The Postwar effects however, would reflect this change in

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