What events started the Cold War?
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.
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.