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To take the perspective of the traditionalist historian in placing the blame of origin of the Cold War solely upon the Soviet Union is orthodox and somewhat reasonable if only one frame out of the context of long decades of conflict is examined But before critics quickly sway to the extreme of siding with US Naval War historian Eugene V Rostow in claiming The cold war was caused by the USSRs imperial appetite it is crucial to understand why revisionists like the celebrated William A Williams would argue the opposite Soviet policies between 1945 and 1949 did play an essential role to the build up and outbreak of the tension between the USSR and USA but not to the extent of how much the US is responsible for because of post-war political arrangements US initiative in the shut-down of diplomacy and the cause of the Berlin Blockade Soviets political policies during the post WWII negotiations as seen in Yalta February 1945 and Potsdam July 1945 were relatively simple to grasp because they focused on the establishment of a firm buffer zone as an impediment to future invasion On a whole the USSRs demands are justified because of their long estranged past from the west and the numerous invasions and betrayals that the allied countries had committed ie the Bolsheviks Revolution delay of a second front two successive incursions from Germany etc The Soviets hopes for claiming territory inheriting colonies and gaining access to warm seaports are as imperial as the allies seeming prerogative of having practiced the same for centuries on end ie the British and the French Complaints regarding the USSRs ability to take reparations from the Soviet Zone and also 10 of the industrial equipment of the western zones as reparations are vindicated as well since America and Britain were granted the exact same rights And though the main contention at Potsdam revolved around the details of the division of Germany size
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