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GERMANY THE ROOT OF THE COLD WAR by Stephen Davies After Hitlers defeat in World War II Germany was in turmoil and the four major Allies -- France Britain the USA and Russia -- split the country first to obtain reparations and then attempt to rehabilitate Germany so that it could eventually re-unite and become independent But tension grew and developed between Russia and the West especially the USA eventually resulting in a war of influence and technological and ideological conflict The Cold War At the Yalta and Potsdam conferences in 1945 the big three Russia Britain and the USA represented by Stalin Atlee and Truman met and it was decided to demilitarise disarm dismember denazify and democratise Germany The country was divided into British French American and Russian zones Meanwhile there was other conflict between East and West in Greece and Turkey In 1947 American president Truman introduced the Truman Doctrine the American foreign policy of anti-communism which guaranteed aid to free peoples threatened by outside pressure America also introduced the Marshall Plan in 1947 utilised by Germany among other countries which gave 15 000 million dollars to the reconstruction of Europe In Germany on 24th June 1948 Russia cut all transport links between democratic West Germany and West Berlin 320 km into communist East Germany depriving the citizens of food and fuel Berlin had also been divided into French British American and Russian zones and West Berlin was the former three combined Russia cut the links because she was unhappy about having a democratic capitalist presence in her midst and wanted to own the whole of Berlin However the West responded with the Berlin Airlift led by General Lucius Clay in which 25 million tons of food and fuel were flown from West Germany to West Berlin The West told Russia that if one plane was shot down they would declare war on Russia and her allies and in May 1949 Russia
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