Discover the reasons behind the differencesbetween Russia and America at the end of WWII.Russia wanted to spread communism and control the world. Stalin, Russia’s ruler wanted to keep Germany weak and divided, and he wanted to leave his troops in East Germany, so they could “defend” him from the west. The countries that he decided to keep under his reign were called the satellite states, they too were forced to become communist countries.Truman, America’s leader wanted to end communism and spread democracy. He wanted to make Europe free and strong again.After Stalin made it clear that he wasn’t planning on retrieving his troops from East Europe, Truman and Churchill met at the Fulton College in Missouri, where Churchill stated that “an iron curtain has descended across the continent [Europe]”. By this he meant that Europe was being split in two.
To the east was the Soviet Union, and the satellite states, and to the west lied the Allies.The satellite states included: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria.The Allies were: Ireland, Great Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, West Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
Explain how president Truman responded to soviet domination of eastern Europe .At Potsdam Stalin refused to make a commitment to allow free elections in Eastern Europe. This left Truman believing that the SU was planning world conquest, and that the alliance with the SU was falling apart. This angered Truman and he, like Churchill, wanted to put an end to the SU’s spreading of communism. So he issued the Truman Doctrine, which stated that the US would aid countries struggling against the communist movement, in effort to apply the containment idealism.
Evaluate the causes and results of Stalin’s blockage of berlin.• Stalin was determined to capture Berlin and keep it from joining the Allies, so he stopped all highway, railway, and water traffic from west Germany into West Berlin. This way, West Berlin would have no means of communication and would fall to the communists.• In response the US and Great Britain supplied West Berlin through massive airlifts. Food, fuel, medical supplies, clothes, and toys were flown into the city for its residents. This was known as the Berlin Airlift.• Seeing that he lost, Joseph Stalin lifted the blockage off West Berlin.