Post-WW2 Tensions

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  • Background
  • The U.S. and Soviets had been allies during the war, but never fought alongside each other. After the war ended, the tension between the two nations increased greatly.
  • Post WW2 Tensions
  • Can you teach me about some post WW2 tensions for the test tomorrow?
  • Potsdam Conference
  • Sure! It started with the Potsdam conference. Tensions were high after Truman mentioned the possibility of an atomic bomb
  • Future After The War
  • The US and USSR had different views of the future as they had different experiences in the war. The USSR had about 20 million soldiers, while the US lost 290,000.
  • What were their thoughts after the war?
  • After World War 2 ended the once allies became bitter enemies. The fight after this time is now known as the Cold War.
  • Shaping the US and USSR
  • Their differences between the two shaped their political and economical ideas. The US believed in a democratic government and capitalist economy while the USSR pursued a communist government and economy.
  • This post war meeting was the beginning of tension between the US and Soviets. Truman's weapon placed distrust in Stalin, and they had differing ideas of post war Europe.
  • Containment
  • How did the US avoid from being forced into using the USSR's form of government and economy?
  • The US had fared better and thus the future plans differed between the two. The USSR aimed to rebuild and asked the US for a loan, but Truman declined because he was angered by Stalin. Soon after Truman stopped all lend lease shipments.
  • Nuclear Technology
  • The nations nuclear technology definitely brought tensions. The US worked at creating an atomic bomb and studied at their impacts on ships.The conflicts between nations were heightened due to the fear of a bomb.
  • A democratic government was fair, and a capitalist economy put the power in the hands of private businesses. The USSR's communist system revolved around a single party rule, and the government also ran the economy; running business and choosing what to produce. This was one most important differences between the two.
  • How did the governments differ after this situation?
  • US diplomat George Kennan believed that the Soviets should be contained within their current borders to prevent their planned destruction. He viewed this restriction as a political strategy, and the US employed it throughout the cold war.
  • Stalin and the soviets were determined to destroy the US system and way of life to secure their own power. To stop this, the US concluded that they should be contained.
  • The United States struck fear into the competition with the possession of a bomb. The US was the only country with an atomic bomb for 3 years. The soviets were working from behind. This race to build a bomb was the more advanced arms race.
  • Were there any other contributing factors to tensions post World War II?
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