Even after the end of World War II, the United States and Europe were far from living in peace and harmony. Communism was spreading across Eastern Europe via the Soviet Union, much to the disapproval of the United States and Great Britain, who were originally allies with the Soviets during WWII in the fight against Germany. This spread of communism caused for the USSR’s power to rapidly increase, while also bringing forth the same paranoia and anti-communist sentiments to American citizens that had been seen once before in the original Red Scare. The spread of communism through Eastern Europe, the growing power of the USSR, and the escalating anti-communist sentiments of the American people greatly increased the suspicion and tension between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 40’s.
Communism’s spread through the Soviet Union caused for major tensions to take shape during and after the end of World War II. Though the United States and Great Britain had once been strong allies with Soviet Russia during the war, the USSR’s fast spread of their communist beliefs to other Eastern Europe countries was a cause for alarm for the two nations, who feared that relations with these countries could falter in the event of a communist regime. “People’s Front” nations were constantly revolutionizing and becoming increasingly popular (Document F), and the United States was desperate to stop the USSR’s violation of both United States and United Nations policies and fight it. George Kennan believed that reason and arguing would not solve the USSR’s takeover, but felt that “if we can keep them maneuvered into a position where it is always hard and unprofitable for them to take action contrary to the principles of the United Nations and to our policies and were there is always an open door and an easy road to collaboration…sooner or later the logic of it…will force changes there (Document D)”. Likewise, the USSR felt that the United States and Great Britain had...
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