Josef Stalin and the Cold War

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Josef Stalin and the Cold War The Second World War saw an unlikely alliance between the Western Democracies of Britain and the United States and the Communist dictatorship of the Soviet Union. The war against Nazi Germany, and its massive military and technological might, necessitated this alliance; but the vast social, government, and political differences between the two side eventually led to decades of hostility and "Cold War." For much of this time there has been division among historians over what, and who, was responsible for the rise of the Cold War, and in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse in the 1990's, this argument has intensified. On one side are the "traditionalists," who view the Soviet Union, and particularly their tyrannical leader Josef Stalin, as being primarily responsible for the onset of more than 50 years of Cold War. The other side is made up of "revisionists," who claim they have taken a more objective look at the facts and come to the conclusion that it was the United States, and particularly its actions concerning the development and use of the atomic bomb, that alarmed the Soviet Union and brought about the Cold War. The question at hand is whether Josef Stalin was responsible for the Cold War, and while many feel that little compromise can be reached on this issue, there is an argument to be made that the Cold War was the responsibility of both Josef Stalin and the Western Democracies. Traditionalists believe that it was the
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