The Yalta Conference (Chronology of European History)
Article abstract: The Yalta Conference between British, American, and Soviet representatives provides a controversial blueprint for how major issues will be dealt with in the postwar world, and its problems presage the coming of the Cold War.
Summary of Event
Early in 1945, as Russian armies were advancing on Germany through Eastern Europe and American and British armies were entering western Germany, the leaders of the Allied nations met at Yalta, in the Russian Crimea, to consider the political problems arising out of the approaching defeat of Germany, to plan an occupation policy for the conquered nations, and to discuss the problems of the United Nations, Eastern Europe, and the Far East.
At the conference, the United States was represented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt; his closest adviser was Harry Hopkins, and they were accompanied by Edward Stettinius, Jr., the U.S. secretary of state. The British were represented by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden, the British foreign secretary. As host country, the Soviet Union was represented by Joseph Stalin, the Soviet premier, and Vyacheslav Molotov, the Soviet commissar of foreign affairs. The three Allied leaders had met together once before, at Teheran in 1943, but had postponed many of their decisions to be discussed later or to be worked out by their foreign ministers for presentation at Yalta. Generally, the atmosphere at Yalta was...
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