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I)

The grand alliance made of Britain, United States and SU


Completely different but fought against the Axis power (common enemy: Nazi
Germany)
Defined together the terms of the postwar Germany
Once no common enemy anymore: conflict of ideals

Yalta conference, 1945 to discuss future of countries involved. Agreed on:


- Unconditional surrender
- Permit free elections inEastern Europe
- Enter Asian war against Japan

Potsdam conference, 1945


- Since Truman replaced Roosevelt: more anti-communist so more tension.
Mentionned nuclear weapon to Stalin
USA and UK
12th March 1947: Truman Doctrine: ensure defense of all free countries who opposed the
attemps to subjugate from USSR
July 1947: Marshall plan for European reconstruction
Berlin Crisis
All the roads were cut to Berlin. Berlin Airlift was put inplace by the Americans to bring
food
NATO VS WP

Vietnam war and Cuba Crisis


Vietnam and Cambodgia became communist countries. Defeat for the Americans who
lost a lot of soldiers there.
Cuba crisis as result of atomic weapon race. Stalin send weapons near to America, threat !

Clash of ideologies: COMMUNISM AND CAPITALISM


Roosevelt had a good relationship with Stalin and Churchill. Thus, his skills might have
prevented the cold war.
Truman was against communism : doctrine, Marshall plan, NATO

COULD THE COLD WAR HAVE BEEN AVOIDED TO A CERTAIN EXTEND?


- Development of the atomic bomb by US
- Need for type of buffer between WE and Su, more communicaton, defined
borders
- Marshall plan: aid Europe in a different Way

II) Were the two main episodes of the cold war the Marshall plan and the Korean war?