Monday, November 26 , 2012
1. From Ally to Antagonist
2. The Truman Doctrine
3. The German Question
“The East is Red”
Yalta Conference (February 1945)
The Long Telegram
From Ally to Antagonist
How did the Cold War come about?
No clear beginning:
1. Some say dates back to 1700s with the Russian Revolution
2. Modern theory- WWII with Stalin’s guiding principle to create a “buffer”
3. Nothing more than an inevitable geo-political conquest can’t be two #1’s!
The Cold War was never officially declared.
Igor Gouzenko worked at the embassy of Soviet Union in Ottawa in 1943. Job
was to encrypt classified information from Ottawa to Soviet Union. Information
about spy rings that were located in Canada and the US. When Canada discovered
Soviet Union has spies in North America there was a “chilling” in relations.
The Big Three- 1945. Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill met at Yalta Conference to
discuss post-war plans.
Divided Germany up to be governed by the allies
Some disagreement about what to be done with Poland: Churchill wanted
Poland to be free and sovereign. Stalin disagreed- thought that a rival, pro-
Soviet Union government should be established.
Post years: Soviet Union and Allies cooperated enough to divide up Germany.
The Nuremburg Tribunal (1950) was a conference where powers determined
war crimes. Soviet Union and Japan never signed a peace treaty because the Soviet Union
still occupied Japanese Islands. Iran, Turkey and Greece Soviet Union kep