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By Warren I. Cohen

This can be a sublime and concise background of yankee international family in the course of the chilly struggle period, in accordance with the newest American, chinese language, and Soviet literature, written from a post-Cold conflict viewpoint. the entire significant international coverage matters, together with the origins of the Soviet-American clash; the extension of the war of words to Asia, the center East, and in different places at the outer edge; wars in Korea and Vietnam; crises regarding the Taiwan Straits, Berlin, and Cuba; the increase and fall of detente; imperial overreach; and the severe roles of Reagan and Gorbachev within the Nineteen Eighties are rigorously analyzed and obviously defined.

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Accelerated planning for the defeat of Japan required more of his attention, including consideration of the range of options to minimize American casualties. The most immediate problem, according to his advisers, was smoothing out the kinks that seemed to be developing in Soviet-American relations. 13 In a typical off-the-cuff remark years before, Truman had expressed satisfaction at the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, suggesting that the weakening of both regimes was equally desirable. He had no sympathy whatever for communism.

There were disagreements about the amount and disposition of German reparations. America's allies, especially the Soviets, were displeased with the imperious Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 Origins of the Cold War manner in which the United States monopolized the administration of the occupation of Japan. American journalists and diplomats reported comparably arbitrary behavior by Soviet authorities in Eastern Europe. In Poland, in particular, Soviet actions were brutal.

He demonstrated his goodwill by adjusting the scheduled withdrawal of his forces from Manchuria at Chiang's request to assist Chiang's effort to move his forces there before Communist-led troops could seize control. There was no question but that the United States and the Soviet Union had emerged from the war as the world's two dominant powers. Sometimes unilaterally, sometimes together, they groped toward some means of creating order and providing for their security and that of their friends in an anarchic world.

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