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How did the Yalta Conference lead to the Cold War?

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brooke89 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted April 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM via web

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How did the Yalta Conference lead to the Cold War?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM (Answer #1)

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The Yalta Conference helped lead to the Cold War by giving the Soviet Union control over Eastern Europe.

At the conference, the Soviet Union was given the right to control Eastern Europe.  They were supposed to allow free elections in the countries of the area, but they were given control.  This led to the Cold War because it made the West feel that the USSR was bent on expanding communism.  It made them feel that the Soviets were going to try to impose communist systems on all the countries that they possibly could.  This made the West defensive and made them fear the Soviets.  This helped lead to the Cold War.

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