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How far has the historical debate about the origins of the Cold War changed since the collapse of the USSR in 1991?

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The debate was beginning to change before the collapse of the Soviet Union, but has taken on even greater momentum since 1991, largely because so many Cold War-era Soviet documents became available. By the 1960s or so, Cold War historians in the West, being still, after all, in the midst of the Cold War, tended to divide into two camps: the traditional interpretation that placed the blame for the conflict on Stalinist aggression alone; and a revisionist position, influenced by the New Left, that pointed the finger more at the United States. Either way, most of these interpretations were drawn from American and Western European documents....

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