U.S.-Soviet Relations from WWII to 1948

Evolution from start of alliance against Nazi Germany to Teheran Conference (1943), Yalta Conference (1945), major issues (Japan, U.N., atomic bomb), beginning of Cold War, Soviet hegemony over Eastern Europe & Berlin Airlift.

This paper will discuss the evolution of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War in 1948. It will trace the deterioration in these relations, starting with friction between the two countries in the alliance against Nazi Germany at the end of the Second World War, through the advent of American nuclear power, to the imposition of Soviet hegemony over Eastern Europe in the late 1940s. The paper will end with the Berlin Airlift, which marked the final dissolution of the Second World War Alliance.
Prelude: The Second World War.

The evolution of U.S.-Soviet relations up to the Cold War cannot be understood without a brief background on the effect of the …