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1 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 The Beginnings of the Cold War The Cold War For more detailed instructions, see the Getting Started presentation. This icon indicates the slide contains activities created in Flash. These activities are not editable.

2 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 What we will learn today What we will learn today: 1.What happened at the Yalta Conference? 2.What changed by the Potsdam Conference? 3.What were the short-term causes of the Cold War?

3 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 The USA and the USSR In five minutes, create a rough table to describe the relationship between the USA and USSR: Before 1945After 1945 What were both sides united against? What happened to change the situation? Were the two countries really friendly? Why might both countries be suspicious of each other? How were the countries different? How did technological changes make a difference? As you complete this lesson you will explore these ideas.

4 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 The Yalta conference ChurchillRooseveltStalin Great Britain USAUSSR These three leaders, known as the Big Three, met at Yalta in Russia in February 1945.

5 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 The Yalta conference is often thought of as the beginning of the Cold War. It was a meeting of the Big Three at the former palace of Tsar Nicholas II on the Crimean shore of the Black Sea. They met between 4 and 11 February Stalin’s army had reached the River Oder and were poised to attack Berlin. The Soviet army had been told to pause while the conference took place. Stalin had occupied Poland and had the largest army in Europe.

6 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 Stalin accepted France as one of the four powers. Germany was to be divided into four zones, each occupied by one of the four allies (USA, USSR, Britain, France). Berlin was also to be divided into four sectors. Poland would get land from Germany, and would lose land to USSR in the east. The USSR would declare war on Japan three months after the end of the war with Germany. Stalin promised to allow free elections in the East European countries the Soviet army was occupying. Germany was to pay reparations of $20 million, half of which was to go to the USSR. Who seems to have done best at the conference? Key agreements at Yalta

7 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 “Churchill was anxious to limit Russian influence in Europe, but Roosevelt did not share his aim … Stalin obtained his aims over Poland. Her frontiers were to be the so-called Curzon line … on the east and the western Neisse on the west. Her government was to be … the Lublin Committee rather than … the exiled government in London.” A Ramm, Read source a and b. Note down which you think is written by an American and which by a Briton. You must explain your choice. The Yalta conference – interpretations

8 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 “Yalta was widely hailed as a giant step toward world peace – and assailed for the concessions the British and American leaders granted their Soviet partner … In return for Stalin’s pledge to join the war against Japan … the Soviet Union gained the Kurile Islands and parts of Manchuria … On European matters the Western chiefs were even more accommodating…” L Glennon, Which source was by an American, which by a Briton?

9 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 Key terms of Yalta: Germany was divided

10 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 The problems of Yalta The Yalta Conference was initially thought to be very successful. However, problems were emerging between the superpowers. Problems The US thought the agreement to ‘democracy and free elections’ meant that Eastern Europe would have freedom of speech and proper elections. The Soviets’ idea of democracy was the communist one, where the Communist Party represented the people, and all worked for the good of the nation. Some suggest Roosevelt was simply naive, others suggest he was trying to keep the USSR in the war. Whatever the reasons, these tensions at Yalta were the beginnings of much deeper mistrust and suspicion that led to the Cold War.

11 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 The Potsdam conference ChurchillRoosevelt Stalin Great Britain USAUSSR In July and August 1945, the Big Three met again. However, the Big Three changed. Roosevelt died, and was replaced by Truman. Truman felt Roosevelt had been too soft on the communist USSR. During the Potsdam Conference Churchill lost a general election and was replaced by Atlee. TrumanAtlee

12 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 From 17 July to 2 August 1945, the Allies held a conference in Potsdam, a port 25 km south of Berlin. In May 1945, Germany surrendered. The war still continued in the Pacific, but the Allies had to build on the decisions made at Yalta. The ‘new’ Big Three did not get on as well as the original Big Three. In addition to changes in the leaders, there were other tensions at Potsdam.

13 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 Tensions at Potsdam Truman was in the middle of trials for the new atomic bomb. He didn’t reveal this, but Stalin secretly knew from his spies. Stalin was furious that Truman kept the issue a ‘secret’. Stalin was determined to get what he felt the USSR deserved: reparations from Germany and guaranteed future security. Truman was determined to force free elections in Eastern Europe to encourage countries to recover. Stalin had other ideas and wanted to keep the countries weak to act as a buffer zone.

14 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 “Agreements” at Potsdam German reparations were agreed – each country was to take reparations from its own area of occupation. The USSR was also to receive some industrial equipment from the Western zones – little of this was actually handed over. The details of the German–Polish borders on the rivers Oder and Neisse were agreed, although the British and Americans were unhappy with it. The German people were to be “re-educated” and Nazism stamped out, and war criminals tried and punished. Austria was also to be divided into four zones, like Germany. Independence was regained in The USSR wanted to help run the rich German industrial area of the Ruhr – the USA rejected this. The USSR wanted a share in the occupation of Japan – the USA rejected this.

15 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 Understanding Potsdam: buffer zone Stalin decided the only way to be truly safe was to have a ‘buffer zone’ of ‘friendly states’ between themselves and Germany. What was the point of this buffer zone Stalin wanted? The USSR had suffered three invasions from the West (1914, 1918 and 1941). It believed the Western Allies were helping Germany to rebuild, meaning Germany would be a threat yet again. From 1945, the USSR made sure the countries of Eastern Europe became communist.

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17 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 The atomic bomb – nuclear war President Truman had not mentioned the development of the atomic bomb to Stalin at Potsdam. As you have already learnt, Stalin was furious about this. On 6 August 1945, the USA dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, they dropped a different type of atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands of people died from radiation poisoning. Debate still rages today about the atomic bomb. Some suggest that it ended the war against Japan, who would never have given up otherwise. Others suggest it was a simply the USA showing its power to the world – and especially the USSR.

18 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 The Iron Curtain In March 1946, Winston Churchill gave a speech in Fulton, Missouri. In his speech he was the first to use the term Iron Curtain. “From Stettin, in the Baltic, to Trieste, in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line … all are subject to a high and increasing control from Moscow...”

19 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 THE COLD WAR HAD BEGUN. The ‘Iron Curtain’ stood for the border between East and West set up by Stalin. It soon became a thousand mile fence making a clear division between East and West, the division between communism and capitalism. In December 1946, Britain and the USA agreed to unite their German zones for economic purposes. The Soviets were furious. Not only had they acted without agreement from the Soviets, but they also appeared to be rebuilding Germany, when Stalin wanted to keep it weak.

20 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 The Truman Doctrine and Marshall Aid In June the same year, George Marshall, US Secretary of State, gave a speech outlining a way to keep communism at bay and build up markets for US exports. It became known as the ‘Marshall Plan’. In 1947, US president Harry S Truman gave a speech in which he promised that the USA would give aid to countries that were resisting communist takeover. This became known as the Truman Doctrine.

21 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 $13 billion was provided by the US government for all European countries to rebuild. In Italy and France, communist parties were growing in size, and the aim was to cut them down. During the plan’s four-year run, industrial production in Western Europe went up by 40%. Why do you think Stalin would not accept Marshall Aid? Marshall Aid was available to all countries who had been affected by the war, but the Soviets would allow none of it to enter their satellite states.

22 © Boardworks Ltd of 22 Conclusions Think back to your previous work and create a diagram showing both the long- and short-term causes. Which do you consider to be the most significant? Distrust and suspicion that developed after the defeat of the ‘common enemy’ – Nazi Germany. Change in leadership created greater distrust and rivalry. The USA and UK didn’t want to cripple Germany, whereas the USSR did – Stalin was suspicious of why his ‘allies’ wanted to help Germany rebuild. The USSR didn’t allow free elections in Eastern Europe – Stalin was determined to create a ‘buffer’ protection zone. The USA didn’t tell the USSR they’d developed an atomic bomb – was it dropped on Japan as a threat to the USSR?


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