1945-1953: From World War to Cold War

This series goes back to the end of World War II, where the world was struggling to recover after the death and destruction caused by the six-year global conflict. Nations had to rebuilt; people had to heal; and at the Yalta Conference on 4th February 1945, the Big Three were all optimistic: victory was in no doubt, and the accord that they had achieved seemed likely to preserve the values they had fought for. However, in just a few months, the Allies would reveal themselves as divided and rivals in peace. How can such a rapid failure of a real effort at entente be explained?

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