How did the conclusion of World War II lead to the events of the Cold War?
The Soviets fought in World War II as allies of the British and Americans (after the Soviets' Non-Aggression Pact with Nazi Germany collapsed in 1941), but there was growing mistrust between the Soviets and the western allies during the war. During the war, the Soviet leader, Stalin, had annexed several countries bordering the Soviet Union, including Estonia, Latvia, eastern Poland, Romania, and Lithuania, according to the terms of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with the Nazis. After the allies defeated the Nazis in May of 1945, the Soviets effectively occupied many countries in Eastern and Central Europe, including the Baltic states, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and others. Stalin...
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