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									                            AFTERMATH OF THE WAR
I.     Cost of the War
       -official end of the war in Europe on May 7th 1945 by General Jodl in Rheims
       -deaths in WWII estimated between 40 and 60 million deaths
               -1/4 in Asia with only 300,000 Ameicans
               -but most in Eastern Europe

       -large areas had been laid to waste
               -Blitz left much of London in ruins
               -Eastern Europe and German the worst off
               -Warsaw no longer existed
               -95% of Berlin in ruins
               -many civilians had nothing
                       -little food, no shelter, and no water
                       -finances non-existent
               -much of the industry had been destroyed leaving many with no means
                       of work
       -as Red Army moved through Eastern Europe (Hungary, Czech, Poland) it took
               revenge of German-speaking populations forcing many into exile
       -refugees became a problem all over Europe
               -wandering around Europe hoping to find a place to settle
               -included survivors of camps, prisoners of war, and those fleeing the Soviet army
               -as peace treaties were signed, many people found themselves in the
                       wrong country and no way to return home
       -misery continued after the war
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                  -1945 4000 died everyday in Berlin
                  -agriculture was disrupted everywhere
                  -transportation systems had been destroyed or disabled
                  -famine and disease spread quite quickly in 1945
          -political, social and economic recovery of Europe not yet settled

                                        Costs of World War Two
                        Direct War Costs    Military Killed/Missing Civilians Killed

      United States      $288 billion           292,131
      Great Britain      $117 billion           271,311                   60,595
      France             $111 billion           205,707                   173,260
      USSR               $93 billion            13.6 million              7.7 million
      Germany            $212 billion           3.3 million               2.9 million
      Japan              $41.3 billion          1.2 million               953,000

II.       Postwar Governments and Politics
          -several prewar governments (Belgiium, Holland, Denmark, Norway) quickly
                 returned home to take charge of postwar politics
          -however, Italy, Germany, France remained an interesting problem
                 -people tended to blame the leaders for the war and left much of the old
                          leadership in disgrace
                 -in Italy and France, many of the resistance fighters had been members of
                          local communist parties
                 -after the war, the communist parties in Italy and France made huge gains
                          in membership and elections
                 -the communist parties, however, called for the acceleration of the
                          communist revolution; their leaders called for violent strikes
                 -the electorate responded by voting for anti-communist parties throwing
                          the communist out of the governments
                 -the communist quickly lost their influence in the postwar governments as
                          governments moved towards the centre and right

III.      Attempts to Punish the Offenders
          -to make sure that the war crimes would never happen again, the Allies proceded to
                 deal with Germany’s guilt in the Holocaust and for the war
                 -several prominent Nazis were placed on trial by an International Military
                          Tribunal in Nuremberg in 1946
                 -known as the “Nuremberg Trial” Nazis were accused of “crimes against
                          peace” and “crimes against humanity”
                 -22 tried and 12 eventually sentenced to death with their bodies cremated in
                          the first concentration camp ovens in Dachau
                 -the trials laid down standards to be used as standards as to what consititued
                          war crimes

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                    Crimes against humanity

                     Nuremberg Trials

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           Territorial Changes in Europe as a Result of World War Two

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IV.    The Division of Europe
       -1945 triumph had divisions of American and Russian troops come together to
               subdue the Germans and Axis Powers
       -yet victory was flawed
               -the Allies found it difficult if not impossible to cooperate politically in peace
               -motivated by different goals and misunderstanding, the US and the USSR
                       soon found themselves at loggerheads
               -within two years, Europe would be rigidly divided with West versus East in
                       a cold war that was to last well over forty years and that would have
                       international impact

       A.      Origins of the Cold War
               -as soon as the unifying threat of Germany disappeared in 1945, the US and
                      USSR began to quarrel about what to do in Europe
               -the quarrel was a logical outgrowth of military developments, wartime
                      agreements, and long-standing political and ideological differences

               1.     Military Developments
                      -once the Americans entered the war, the Allies had made military
                              victory their highest priority
                      -they continually ignored any discussion of Soviet war aims and the
                              shape of the eventual peace settlement
                      -Stalin felt that the Allies had acted in bad faith during the Russo-
                              Finnish war of 1939 (Allies had had the USSR expelled
                              from the League and then threatened invasion in the war
                      -when Stalin asked the Allies to ratify her western borders which had
                              incorporated part of Poland, the Allies remained non-committal
                      -the Allies made Stalin aware that they resented the German-Soviet
                              Non-Aggression Pact of 1939
                      -Stalin also believed that the Allies had encouraged Hitler to attack the
                              Soviet Union so as to avoid more fighting on the western front
                      -most Allies did not feel the Soviet Union would be of any help after
                              her war with Germany finished (would be militarily weak) and
                              thus underestimated Soviet military strength
                      -Allies decision to postpone the beginning of Operation Overload in France
                              angered Stalin who wanted relief from Germany attacks
                      -Churchill also fearful of Soviet empire-building while Roosevelt resented
                              Britain’s attempts to regain the British empire at various international
                              meetings; Stalin was able to use this to his advantage

               2.     Wartime Agreements
                      -by 1943 discussions about the shape of the postwar world could no
                              longer be postponed
                      -thus the Big Three (Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt) decided to met

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                    a.   Terehan Conference (Nov 1943)
                         -the three leaders met in the Iranian capital
                         -reaffirmed their determination to crush Germany
                         -searched for appropriate military strategy
                         -Churchill fearful of direct attack on Germany argued for
                                 a Mediterranean strategy
                                 -Allies would advance on Germany through Italy and Balkins
                                 -West hoped English and not Soviets would liberate the
                         -Roosevelt supported Stalin’s idea of a second front in France
                                 -this would become significant since it meant that Soviet
                                 and American-British armies would all come together in
                                 Germany and that only Soviet troops would liberate
                                 eastern Europe while British and American troops would
                                 liberate the west
                         -agreed that Stalin’s western borders could move at the expense
                                 of Poland (in return Poland would receive the eastern lands
                                 of Germany)
                         -Stalin agreed to enter the war against Japan once German was
                    b.   Yalta February 1945
                         -the Big Three met once again this time in Yalta in the Russian Crimea
                                 to discuss what to do with Germany and the remainder of Europe
                                                    when surrender came
                                                    -defeat seemed eminent as Allies were within
                                                    100 miles of Berlin
                                                    -the Red Army controlled Poland, Bulgaria,
                                                    Romania, Hungary, and
                                                    part of Yugoslavia as well as part of Czech
                                                    -western Allies however not yet in Germany
                                                    (near the Rhine)
                                                    -thus Soviet position was clearly stronger than
                                                    other two
                                                    -Germany would be divided into three zones of
                                         (a fourth would be added later)
                                 -Germans would be expected to pay reparations to USSR
                                 -Berlin, Austria (and Vienna) would also be divided
                                 -free elections were to be held in liberated areas but held
                                         by USSR under Soviet supervision
                                 -Poland remained a problem and borders still unsettled
                                         -agreed that lands east of Oder and Neisse Rivers
                                                 would be part of Poland but would have to
                                                 ratified at peace conferences
                                 -also agreed to find a new organization that would take the
                                         place of the ineffective League of Nations
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                                     -decided to meet in San Francisco in April 1943 to
                                                     draw up blueprints
                    c.      San Francisco Conference, April 1943
                            -laid out the basis for the new United Nations
                            -also reinforced status of three other international organizations
                                     1. International Monetary Fund to be created in 1944
                                             -aim to prevent repeats of wild fluctuations in
                                                     international exchange rates
                                     2. World Bank (created in 1944)
                                             -to lend money to help rebuild war-torn Europe
                                                     and provide economic development for
                                                     poorer nations of the world
                                     3. International Trading Organization
                                             -to be created for purpose of persuading countries
                                                     to eliminate tariffs and quota systems
                                             -never actually came into existence but laid
                                                     foundations for later GATT
                    d.      Potsdam Conference, July 1945
                            -Roosevelt replaced by Truman who wanted to deal with the issue
                                     of eastern Europe
                                     -Truman called for free elections in the Soviet occupied lands
                                     -Stalin refused fearing that elections would elect anti-Soviet
                            -Churchill was replaced by Clement Attlee (Churchill lost election
                                     in 1945 and Attlee now prime minister)
                                     -Attlee was inexperienced and did not know how to deal
                                             with Stalin
                            -Stalin made it clear that he would not allow anyone to interfere in
                                     his plans to control the future of eastern Europe
                            -all realized that only another war could change Stalin’s position and
                                     clearly the US and Britain did not want another war

    Potsdam - Attlee, Truman, Stalin

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               3.     Ideological Differences
                      -fundamental part of Soviet policy was the overthrow of the capitalist system
                      -thus Stalin made it possible for communist regimes to take over the
                              governments of eastern European countries
                              -he had already done so in Poland
                              -had arrested non-communist leaders while in Moscow
                              -placed communists in key government posts to prepare for a takeover
                      -the creation of communist states in eastern Europe would also act as
                              a buffer zone against any possible attack from the west
                              -Stalin who had lived through two German invasions also wanted
                                       absolute military security from Germany and its potential
                                       eastern allies
                              -felt that only communist states could be trusted allies
                              -realized that free elections could result in non-communist, hostile states
                      -the crippling of France from the war and the impoverishment of Britain
                              ensured that any confrontation over Europe would come between
                              US and USSR
                      -America responded to Stalin’s concern of security by ‘getting tough’
                              -Truman wanted free elections and thus decided to cut off all
                                       aid to the USSR
                              -Truman also declared that the US would not recognize any gov’t
                                       established without free elections
                      -thus the hot war of the forties became the cold war

                                Superpower Aims in Europe
             United States                    Soviet Union

   -encourages the development of                  -encourages communism in other countries as
   democracy in other countries to                 part of worldwide revolution
   help prevent the rise of communism
   -gain access to raw materials and markets       -rebuilt its war-ravaged economy using
   to fuel booming industries                      Eastern Europe’s industrial equipment and
   -rebuild European governments to                raw materials
   promote stability and create new markets        -control Eastern Europe to protect Soviet
   for American goods and as counter to            borders and balance the US influences in
   communist threats                               Western Europe
   -reunite Germany to stabilize it and
   increase the security of Europe                 -keep Germany divided to prevent its waging

     B.        Peace Treaties
               -at Potsdam a council was established to draft peace treaties with Germany’s
                       allies (satelites)
                       -several meetings broke up without agreement
                       -finally in 1947 agreement was reached on five separate peace treaties

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               1.     Treaties with Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Finland
                      -USSR kept Romanian provinces of Bessarabia and Bukovina
                      -Russian troops would remain in Romania and Romania would pay
                               reparations to the Soviet Union
                      -Bulgaria returned Thrace to Greece
                      -Hungary returned Tansylvania to Romania and Slovakia to Czech
                      -reparations were paid by Bulgaria to Greece and Yugoslavia as well as
                               by Hungary to Yug, Czech, and USSR
                      -Finland lost land to USSR (Karelian and Petsamo) but kept independence
               2.     Treaty with Italy
                      -Italy lost some lands to Yugoslavia that she had taken in 1919
                      -Trieste was placed under control of United Nations
                      -Dodecanese Islands given to Greece
                      -Italy kept part of Tyrol but forced to pay reparations to USSR, Ethiopia,
                               Albania, Greece, and Yugoslavia
                      -Italy lost all colonies in Africa
               3.     Agreements with Czech and Poland
                      -USSR signed agreements with Czech and Poland before Paris treaties
                      -Czech transferred Ruthenia to USSR
                      -gave Teschen to Poland
                      -in 1947 Britain and France agreed to these terms
               4.     Austria
                      -seen as victim of Nazi Germany, Austria treated more leniently
                      -peace delayed for 10 years as cold war heated up
                      -divided into four zones of military occupation
                      -1955 USSR agreed to withdraw and Austria received boundaries of 1938
                      -promised to remain neutral and hold no nuclear weapons
               -because of cold war no easy peace treaty would come for Germany

       C.      The Cold War –West versus East in Europe
               -to guarantee the necessary buffers Stalin began to instal communist governments
                       in Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech, Romania, Poland, and Yugoslavia
               -once surrender came, the Russians began the division of Germany, Berlin, Austria,
                       and Vienna
                       -reparations were collected immediately (taking much needed cash)
                       -de-Nazification programs main priority in all zones
               -although out of power, Churchill continued to warn of the dangers of Soviet
                       -in 1946 at Fulton he coined the term “Iron Curtain” to describe how the
                               Soviet Union was dealing with eastern Europe
                       -his speech fueled hostility in the US against anything Russian
                               -emotional, moralistic denunciations of Stalin and communism
                                      emerged as part of American political life
                               -Americans became convinced that Stalin was determined to
                                      export communism by subversion worldwide
               -by 1947 most of eastern Europe had communist governments
               -Czech followed in 1948
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                                   Truman, Tito, and Marshall

               -only did Tito in Yugoslavia maintain independence from Stalin following his
                      own course (Stalin’s attempt to get rid of him failed miserably)
               1.     Confrontation
                      a.       Iran
                               -first serious confrontation between two superpowers was in Iran
                               -Iran had vast supplies of oil and Russia wanted it
                               -during WWII Iran had been occupied by British and Soviet troops
                                        who had agreed to withdraw when war ended
                               -Soviets refused to withdraw and instead supported a communist
                               -intense diplomatic pressure forced the Soviets to withdraw in 1946
                               -Iran afterwards would be considered as an ally of the US
                      b.       Turkey
                               -during the war Turkey had remained neutral
                               -the USSR however wanted a shipping route through Turkish waters
                               -Stalin sent troops into Turkey but was forced to backdown and
                                        withdraw when Americans sent its navy to secure Turkish
                      c.       Greece
                               -a civil war between royalists and communists broke out in Greece
                                        after the war
                               -the British supported the monarchists but had no money to help
                               -the US wanted to remain neutral
                               -when the British withdrew her troops in 1947 the situation turned
                                        for the worse
                               -Truman fearing Soviet occupation declared economic and military
                                        support for Greece (became known as the Truman Doctrine)
                               -thus US would now help to build buffer states on the Soviet
                                        periphary in order to contain communism
                                        -both Turkey and Greece seen as buffers
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                                 -later would add other buffers around the world
                    d.   Czechoslovakia
                         -in 1948 communists seized control of the government
                         -left no doubt that the Soviet Union would keep tight control
                                 over all her satelites
                                 -clearly leaders in the republics took orders from Moscow
                                 -industries were to be re-organized to support Soviet needs
                                         -coal from Poland
                                         -machine tools from Czech
                                         -oil from Romania
                                 -trade with the Soviet Union would be enforced
                         -the confrontation in Czech leads to the development of the
                                 Marshall Plan or Marshall Aid Program
                    e.   Impasse Over Germany
                         -Stalin realized that if he were to unify Germany under one communist
                                 government, he would have to get the Allies to leave
                         -he proposed that Allies should withdraw all troops from occupied
                                 zones as precondition for German reunification
                                 -proposal would allow Red Army poised on eastern borders
                                         with weak French army on western
                         -Western Allies rejected the proposal
                         -the Allies also without Soviet agreement decided to provide
                                 Germany with Marshall Aid
                                 -although afraid of an economically strong Germany,
                                         Allies realized that recovery of Europe was bound
                                         up with economic recovery of Germany, and that a
                                         strong economy in Europe would withstand the
                                         military threat of the Soviet Union
                         -1948 Allies created the Federal Republic of West Germany and
                                 introduced a new German currency –the Deutschmark
                         -in June 1948 Stalin replied by cutting off all rail and road links
                                 between Berlin and the west
                                 -hoped to force Allies out of Berlin at least
                                 -saw Berlin as a thorn to Russia and a symbol of the
                                         eventual unification of Germany
                         -Berlin thus became centre of a Cold War confrontation
                                 -Allies realized that any attempt to reach Berlin by land
                                         might result in war
                                 -refused to hand over Berlin as contrary to Truman Doctrine
                                 -thus decided to airlift needed goods into Berlin
                         i.      Berlin Airlift (1948-1949)
                                 -daily West Berlin needed 4000 tons of foodstuff and raw
                                         materials such as coal to survive
                                 -needed one flight every 30 seconds to feed the population
                                 -for 11 months the flights continued
                                 -by April 1949 able to transport over 8000 tons daily
                                 -Stalin offered Berliners food if they would join the east
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                                   -only 20% responded
                           -once blockade became counter-productive, Stalin called it off
                                   (May 1949)
                           -results very significant in development of Cold War
                                   -war was seen as a real possibility
                                   -greatly increased tension in Europe and around the world
                                   -West felt she had won a moral victory standing up to Stalin
                                   -in April 1949 the West set up NATO with 11
                                            nations pledging to defend Europe from communism
                                            -West Germany joined in 1955
                                   -morale in West Berlin high and thus West Germany
                                            moved closer to political aims of the West
                                   -ended any immediate chance of German unification
                    ii.    Creation of Two Germanys
                           -May/August 1949 Federal Republic of West Germany
                                   officially proclaimed
                                   -capital at Bonn (Berlin treated as city state)
                                   -implied authority over East Germany
                                   -President chosen from assembly while Chancellor
                                            from lower house of parliament
                                   -military occupation was to continue under
                                            authority of Allied High Commission
                           -as a counter, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was
                                   created in October of 1949
                                   -Otto Grotewohl became Chancellor in east and Adenauer in
                                            west under Christian Democratic Party
                    iii.   Economic Recovery of West Germany
                           -in contrast to what was happening in East Germany, West
                                   Germany began a quick recovery
                           -due to
                                   -hard work of Germans and determination to rebuild
                                   -industrial modernization with Marshall Aid which
                                            restored needed machinery
                                   -political stability
                                            -provided leadership in government and
                                                    absence of strive in industry
                    iv.    Second Berlin Crisis, 1958
                           -as West Germany moved far ahead of East Germany, refugees fleeing
                                   became a serious problem
                           -also USSR still feared possibility of reunification
                           -thus in November 1958 Khrushchev demanded that all
                                   foreign troops withdraw from Berlin
                           -Americans refused to make any concessions and a
                                   stalemate continued
                           -in 1961 East Germany began the construction of the Berlin Wall
                           -West Germany adopted the Hallstein Doctrine
                                   -refused to recognize the legal existence of East Germany
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                                                 or diplomatic relations with her
                                 -tensions eased by 1970’s under Willi Brandt’s Ostpolitik
                                         (Eastern Policy) program
                    2.   Truman Doctrine
                         -became official rejection of communism from 1947
                         -containment policy directed at blocking Soviet influence
                                 and preventing expansion of communism
                         -declared that US had to adopt a policy to support free people
                                 who are resisting subjugation by armed minorities or by
                                 outside pressure
                         -interventionist in nature
                         -policies included creating alliances, creating buffers, helping weak
                                 countries resist Soviet or communist advances
                         -became fundamental part of the cold war
                    3.   Marshall Plan
                         -economic devastation in Europe concerned the US
                         -many believed that poverty encouraged the development of
                                 communism and thus western Europe was certainly
                                 -invited action by communist controlled labour organizations
                                         and thus eventual domination by USSR
                         -program suggest by General George Marshall now Secretary of State
                                 -believed that best defense against Soviet expansion was to
                                         help rebuild economies of Europe
                                 -his proposal became known as Marshall Plan
                                 -provided for funds for the reconstruction of 16 European
                                 -to be administered by Organization of European Economic
                                         Cooperation (OEEC)
                                 -the Soviet Union refused any help
                         -program able to provided 13 billion in aid from 1948-1952
                         -to counter American influence through Marshall Plan, Stalin set up his own
                                 vision in the form of Comecon (Council for Mutual Economic

                         Berlin Airlift

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