|Cold War 4
The Cold War was the result of Stalin adopting a policy contrary to the Yalta Agreement.
Certainly to many supporters of the Orthodox view, this statement will appear rather obvious. In their view, the origins of the Cold War, however, do not essentially lie in the aftermath of Yalta, but in the inevitable clash of capitalism and communism. The fact that Stalin adopted a, in their opinion aggressive, policy was not so much the result of security, but the expansionist nature of Lenin-Marxism.
Yet an analysis of a time of such incredible tension is not that simple. It could, naturally, be argued that sooner or later the United States would clash with Soviet Russia. As a matter of fact, the distrust between the two powers has its early origins in the Russian Civil War, where the Western Allies of World War One sent in supplies and men to help the anti-Bolshevik "Whites" defeat the Red Army. This was seen as an attempt to destroy communism in its ear...