During World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union were strong allies that,
although ending in favour of their victory over Hitler’s Nazi Regimes, wreaked havoc during
the next few years. The wartime allies became enemies in a struggle of differing political
ideologies. In order to understand how Stalinization caused the cold war, one has to begin
by discussing World War II itself. Two meetings had had specifically sparked the cold war.
These were the Yalta and Potsdam conferences. Both of which rendered a series of
misunderstandings between the Soviet Union and the United States that acknowledged the
beginning of the Cold War.
Upon leaving World II, the United States shared very different ideologies than that of Stalin
and the Soviet Union. For the U.S., they strictly adhered to the declaration of self-
determination of which its principles are most pronounced in Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen
Points. According to Wilson, nations should be granted opportunity to choose their own
government. In other words, Americans were destined to make a democratically safe world.
The Soviets on the other hand, felt that this was unacceptable, given that it would allow the
United States to have too heavy an influence in indicating what nations should adopt what
specific form of government. Hence, Stalinization was well under way before the Cold War
In the February, Yalta conference, Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph
Stalin met to discuss the future of Poland. Stalin had demanded he have a Soviet sphere of
political influence in Eastern Europe. While Stalin had been convinced by Churchill and
Roosevelt not to dismember Germany, Stalin had also declared that he would keep the
portion of Eastern Poland that he had taken in 1939, demanding that a pro-Soviet Polish