In 1946, right after World War II, another war began between the United States and the Soviet Union. This war over time became to be known as The Cold War. Three main factors contributed to the rise of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union, they are; the end of World War II, the Yalta Conference and Harry Truman taking office after Roosevelt’s death.
World War II, in many ways, set the tone for The Cold War. During the Second World War, Germany and Japan were defeated. British and French allies were exhausted. That left only the United States and the Soviet Union as major powers. But that caused tension. No world can peacefully have two world powers. They began to feel the tension there. Nothing in particular made either country angry or jostled, but just the fact that they were there caused tension and unrest, eventually leading to the start of The Cold War.
The Yalta Conference consisted of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. They gathered together and agreed to go forward with the United Nations, seeking world peace. But the conference also called for “free and unfettered” elections and therefore upheld the principles of democratic self-determination. But part of Yalta’s deal was that elected governments would consent to soviet domination. The Yalta Conference wanted world peace, but a hole in their thinking gave free axis to the attack of the Soviet Union.
When Roosevelt died in office, Harry Truman took over. Though Roosevelt was a great effective president, many historians doubt he could have preserved the Grand Alliance. When Truman came in, tactics changed. Shortly after he took office, there was a meeting. Truman wanted to stand up to Stalin in this meeting. Truman, at that meeting, expressed to the Soviet Union that he was unhappy with the soviet’s failure to honor the Yalta agreements. Following this conformation, Truman stopped all shipments to the Union, which the Soviets desperately needed. But he did not stop there; he...