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As long as Stalin was running the Soviet Union a cold war was unavoidable JL Gaddis We Now Know Discuss this interpretation of the origins of the Cold War The war obliged Stalin to make radical changes in his foreign policy Before the attack by Nazi Germany he could allow himself to observe the development of events and swim with the tide choosing between Hitler or the West but after June 22nd 1941 he had to take positive action In this new situation the characteristics of Stalinism were clearly displayed One of the most notable features of Stalins diplomacy was rudeness Understandably however he was obliged to take his allies into consideration and moderate his temper on the international stage in his relations with Roosevelt Stalin was to some extent successful as he respected the power and strength of the country standing behind the president However it often did not seem to be the same with other Americans or with the British including the prime minister with whom he was rude and over familiar There are many examples of this kind of conduct In his memoirs Churchill wrote that he was snubbed more than once and many of his telegrams were not answered at all or a reply would be held up for days but the prime minister was patient understanding that patience was the key for any one who had dealings with the Kremlin Once it came to the point where an indignant Churchill decided on a diplomatic demarche On October 13th 1943 in a series of messages Stalin accused the British Government of intentionally avoiding earlier commitments on deliveries posing a threat through the attempt to increase the number of British servicemen in the north of the USSR and to recruit Soviet citizens When he received the letter Churchill did not believe that it had been written by Stalin and suggested it was the hand of the bureaucracy at work
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