What conflicts emerged between the former Allies after the end of WWII?

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The United States and the Soviet Union had been allies during World War II, but the huge ideological divisions between liberal democracy and Communism ensured that, at the end of hostilities, such amity could not long continue. With Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan defeated, the old imperatives that had previously...

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The United States and the Soviet Union had been allies during World War II, but the huge ideological divisions between liberal democracy and Communism ensured that, at the end of hostilities, such amity could not long continue. With Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan defeated, the old imperatives that had previously determined US-Soviet relations reasserted themselves with even greater force.

In addition, the United States was deeply suspicious of the Soviets' territorial designs in Europe. As well as systematically taking over the East, the Soviets were also trying to influence politics in the Western half of the continent through their control of the large Communist parties of Italy and France. This was a matter of grave concern to the Truman Administration, which believed that such actions would undermine the whole stability of Europe by giving the USSR a foothold in a part of the world that was of such strategic value to the United States.

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The major conflict that emerged between the former allies was the Cold War.  It was really starting to emerge even toward the end of World War II.

The problem was that the Soviet Union and the Western Allies did not trust each other at all.  The Soviets thought the West was out to encircle and destroy them.  The West thought that the Soviets were going to try to dominate the world.  This led to conflict very soon after WWII ended.

Later on, there would be conflict between the three Western allies, but this would not be until quite a bit later.

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