The Russo-American Relationship

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US History II The Soviet Union and the United States began their relationship in paranoia at the conclusion of World War I and continued this mistrust until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. While at times technically allies, the United States and Soviet Union never truly understood each other. The Soviets, who have a long history of invasion into their country, lived in constant fear the Americans would attack via Europe. The Americans, who had not faced a major invasion since 1812, saw this fear as paranoia and believed the Soviets intended to spread communism across the world. The Russo-American relationship got off to a rocky start immediately following World War I. The United States sent forces to an Allied coalition in…show more content…
The Soviets demanded a buffer zone of countries between their nation and Germany. They saw Germany as a threat to their security, and considering the Germans had initiated two major wars within 30 years against them, that view can certainly be understood. The fact that these nations quickly came under communist control fueled the belief in the west that the Soviets intended to expand into the rest of Europe. The fact that D-Day was delayed for so long made the Russians endure the brunt of the German war machine for 3 years before the Germans were forced to divert troops to the west. The response of the west to communist expansion was the Truman Doctrine. It simply stated the United States would “support any free people resisting subjugation by armed minorities or outside pressures.” This essentially meant the United States would aid any nation subject to communist takeover. With this statement the United States could legitimately intervene in any conflict arising back by the Soviets or Chinese. The Marshall Plan was not truly a weapon, but rather a shield. It sent billions of dollars in aid to Europe immediately after the war. The money was used to rebuild Western Europe and avoid the reparations that caused so much friction after the Treaty of Versailles. It also ensured the quick recovery of Western Europe to inhibit Soviet expansion. The Soviets were invited to share in Marshall Plan funds, but because of the
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