By Warren I. Cohen
This can be a chic and concise heritage of yank international kinfolk throughout the chilly warfare period, in keeping with the newest American, chinese language, and Soviet literature, written from a post-Cold battle point of view. all the significant international coverage concerns, together with the origins of the Soviet-American clash; the extension of the war of words to Asia, the center East, and somewhere else at the outer edge; wars in Korea and Vietnam; crises related to the Taiwan Straits, Berlin, and Cuba; the increase and fall of detente; imperial overreach; and the severe roles of Reagan and Gorbachev within the Nineteen Eighties are rigorously analyzed and obviously defined.
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Roosevelt in turn was offended by Stalin's accusation, conceivably unable to imagine himself capable of such a betrayal. Stalin, clearly, was more imaginative. The incident passed, but not without abrading the thin veneer of trust that might have existed between the two men. Unquestionably, the atmosphere was less conducive to an amicable resolution of the differences that resurfaced over Poland. 12 12 Feis, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, 583-96; Kolko, Politics of War, 3 7 5 - 9 ; Taubman, Stalin's American Policy, 95—6.
Were the Americans unwilling to concede that the Soviet Union had contributed mightily to the allied cause, that it was now the second greatest power in the world, entitled to the perquisites of that status? Truman probably raised more questions in the minds of Soviet leaders than he had intended. They would be increasingly wary in the months ahead. 15 In July 1945, Truman went to Potsdam where, amid the ruins of Hitler's Reich, he met with Churchill (and Clement Atlee, who succeeded him as prime minister) and Stalin in the last major conference of the war.
Concerned primarily with defeating the Japanese, the Americans had enlisted Communist support and appeared determined to prevent Chiang from precipitating a civil war. Progressive forces seemed to be in control in the United States, cooperating with the Soviet Union. Mao and Zhou wondered whether the Americans would remain friendly after the war and what role the United States might play in China. Mao could not count on a benign Stalin. Stalin had betrayed the Chinese Communists to serve his own ends in the past.
America in the Age of Soviet Power, 1945-1991 (Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations Volume 4) by Warren I. Cohen