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What events started the Cold War?

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April 12, 2012 12:08PM

The Traditional View

At first, western writers blamed Russia. They said Stalin was trying to build up a Soviet empire.

The Revisionist View

Later, however, some western historians blamed America. They said Truman had not understood how much Russia had suffered in the Second World War.

The Post-Revisionists

Later still, historians think BOTH sides were to blame - that there were hatreds on both sides.

Most recently, historians agree that the Cold War was primarily a clash of beliefs - Communism versus Capitalism.