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Causes of the Cold War

Causes of the Cold War

Discussion & Essay Questions

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  1. Big Picture
    • How legitimate were Russia's security concerns after World War II?
      • Should the sacrifices the Soviets made during World War II have earned them extra consideration from the United States?
    • Could the United States allow the Soviet Union to control Poland?
      • Especially after fighting a war prompted by Germany's assault on several countries including Poland?
    • While Roosevelt seemed willing to make some concessions on Poland, Truman took a hard line—which position was wiser?
      • Did Roosevelt's pragmatism leave the door open to good relations?
      • Or did it invite further Soviet aggression?