Cold War Coursework Essay

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Using these four passages and your own knowledge, assess the view that during the Second World War the relationship between the ussr and the west was characterised more by co-operation than by disagreement. The four interpretations are in agreement that during the second World War the relationship between the USSR and the West was characterised more by cooperation than disagreement. There was major conflict over various issues regarding Communisms security in Eastern Europe, specifically expansionism in Eastern Europe which caused the relations between allies to deteriorate after the war, however the Allies maintained an alliance despite the pressure frequently placed upon it. Similarly Loth and Boyle argue that the relationship was…show more content…
This interpretation can be supported by several events throughout the period, firstly, lend lease was set up in 1941 to supply Soviets with the vital resources and munitions they required to push back the Nazi forces, preventing them taking control of the USSR and their natural resources like oil, which would allow them dominate Europe. Secondly in November 1942 it was agreed that a policy of unconditional surrender should be enacted, crushing all chance of future rebellion in the countries, as depicted by the Atlantic Charter. Finally the Tehran conference further supports this interpretation because the Allies agreed on a date for the Second Front which would bring a close to war in the West after many delays over fears it would be insufficient, to ameliorate Stalin the US and Britain launched an offensive in North Africa and carried out bombings on German cities. The second view expressed by Loth is that their mutual interest in aid by the US in order to minimise the cost of war for both allies, “render the effects of the war- more tolerable for both sides”. This view could be reliable because it supported by Peter Boyle's interpretation that US aid ameliorated differences between the two sides allowing wartime cooperation to exist. The US gave the USSR $11 billion in materials: over 400,000
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