The Big Three and Their Decisions in World War II Essay

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Soon, the Crimean Peninsula of the Ukraine is scheduled to secede from the nation and join Russia, which has sparked several debates within the Ukraine, Russia and the United States. Many other countries, including Great Britain, have warned Russia to pull its forces back out of the Ukraine. The irony however is not lost, because almost seventy years ago, the Crimean Peninsula was home to one the greatest negotiations in history. The Big Three were all present, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the United States, Joseph Stalin, Premier of the Soviet Union, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill from Great Britain. Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met at the Teheran and Yalta Conferences to decide the coordination of attacks on …show more content…
Unfortunately, Stalin had other reasons to want to go to war with the Japanese. During the Russo-Japanese war, Japan took territory that used to belong to the USSR. Stalin saw this recent war as a way to get the old land back from the Japanese (Russo-Japanese War 170). But Roosevelt knew that the nuclear testing in the United States was still months away from producing anything viable, and he wasn’t sure of Allied victory in the Pacific war, so they needed the Soviet assistance (Teheran Conference 2506). The third thing Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin discussed was the postwar territorial boundaries of the Soviet Union, Poland and Germany. Stalin wanted reparations to be paid to the Soviets from the Finnish, repaying the physical damage the USSR sustained during the Soviet-Finnish war of 1939-1940. He also wanted Finland as Soviet territory, though when Stalin discussed the matter with the other two Allied leaders, he agreed to let the Finns be independent during the Soviet occupation (Teheran Conference 2505). The Soviet Union’s western boundary was also under contention, as Stalin and Roosevelt both supported pushing the border into Poland, and compensating Poland by moving its border into Germany (Teheran Conference 2505-2506). The last item on the table was an idea of President Roosevelt. Similar to Woodrow Wilson in the First World War with the League of Nations, Roosevelt wanted an

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