Starting the Cold War

Geoffrey Roberts explains when and why the Cold War began.

Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam Conference, 1945.The term 'cold war' first came into currency in 1947. It was used to denote a sharp and unexpected deterioration in postwar relations between the Soviet Union and the United States. In 1945 the USA and the USSR - the two main victors of the Second World War - had proclaimed their commitment to postwar unity and co-operation.

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