Essay about The Relationships Between Countries after World War Two

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The Relationships Between Countries after World War II

The atomic age, composed of complex and controversial issues, has forever changed our world and the way in which we live. Although peace rang out throughout the world September 2, 1945, the relationships between countries after World War II will never be the same. "In 1939 there were four great powers in Europe: Germany, France, Italy, and Great Britain; and three outside Europe, Russia, the United States, and Japan" (284 Gilbert). By the end of World War II in 1945, only two great powers remained: the United States and the Soviet Union.

The United States began prominent plans for peace. The plans consisted of "support for self determination, autonomy,
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During this time the United States tried to get the productions of atomic weapons produced in other countries reduced. This failed when the Soviet Union did not let the United States inspect their atomic plants. This refusal by the Soviet Union caused the United States to continue developing and producing atomic weapons.

In the Soviet Union, Stalin established a system of government with effective state control by hiring secret police. This enabled Stalin to establish communist dictatorships in other countries. Stalin started the cold war in 1945 because the Soviet Union wanted to establish other communist countries. (If you want to know more about the cold war go to the following link.) http://ac.acusdedu/history/20th/coldwar.html The United States issued NATO, a mutual defense pact, to help the smaller countries from becoming victims of the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, Stalin established a communist government in the smaller countries of Hungary, Poland, and Czechoslovakia in the late 1940's. The Soviet Union, after fighting for parts of Finland throughout the war, gained the Finnish territory after the war. Finland also had to pay reparations to the Soviet Union for siding with German throughout the war.

The Soviet Union and the United States did agree on one main solution after the war. The two powers agreed that all German power should be destroyed. However, the
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