Exploring the Factors Contributing to the Development of the Cold War

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Exploring the Factors Contributing to the Development of the Cold War
There were several factors which led to the development of the Cold
War. In this essay I will discuss the disagreement over Poland and
Truman's personality.

Disagreement over how Poland should be governed was a very important
factor in the development of the Cold War. Churchill, Britain and
Roosevelt, USA wanted Poland to be democratic whereas Stalin wanted to
make sure that Poland's new government was friendly towards the USSR.
The Yalta Agreement had tried to
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clash of ideas was important as it harmed the relation between the
countries, and therefore led to a Cold War developing. The British and
the Americans were also horrified by Russia's behaviour regarding the
Warsaw uprising. When the London Poles (the anti-Soviet potential
government) decided to seize control of part of Poland, the Soviet
army did nothing to help them although they were very close. As a
result, it was brutally destroyed by the Germans and almost 300,000
Poles were killed in the process. Again, this harmed the relation
between Britain and America and the USSR. At Yalta, they tried to
resolve the problems concerning the government of Poland and Polish
land. The borders of Poland were altered without too much problem and
it was agreed that the Lublin government in Poland was to be expanded
to include some London Poles as well and that free elections would be
held as soon as possible. However, this was not put into practice;
Stalin only talked about bringing non-communists into Poland without
carrying it out and Molotov, the Foreign Minister rejected the idea of
letting the London Poles have a significant role in the government.
This led to extreme disappointment because people had thought that
Stalin would allow western-style governments to be set up in Eastern
Europe and it also meant that people lost…