Was Cold War An Inevitable Result Of The World War Ii?

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In my essay I would like to examine the idea of Cold War being an inevitable event or an events which could have been avoided. The end of World War II was the key element, because it did created freshly minted world with the US and the USSR standing against each other as two superpowers trying to surpass one another. Another important factor was their nature, which I would like to examine more closely from the USSR point of view and of course from the US point of view. I consider understanding the nature of both countries vital in order to understand the whole meaning of the Cold War, because there is no clear definition whether the Cold War was an inevitable event or not. Both sides will blame each other for being responsible for the increased tension in Europe that lasted for more than 45 years, but the truth is there is no clear guilty party, it all depends on your point of view and in this essay, I will present my perspective and my opinion regarding this topic.
I would also like to mention the fact why there was no Cold War after the World War I, because the situation was similar. In the final part of my essay I would like to present the key arguments and action that occurred and led directly to the outburst of the Cold War itself.

Contradictions between USSR and the US (Allies) during the World War II
When the WWII was at its beginning the USSR relations with the US were not exactly good, this was attribute mainly by the fact that USSR signed the non-aggression pact with Germany called Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, which apart from the friendly foreign policy also included an economic agreement, which committed the Soviet Union to provide raw materials, oil, gas and food products to Germany in exchange for military products such as machinery and heavy vehicles from Germany. This of course meant a problem especially for Britain, because it was Britain's navy blockade who was being bypassed with the help of Russians and resulted in almost no effect for Germany.
The situation for Germany changed rapidly in 1941 when they decided to invade USSR under codename "Operation Barbarossa", with a blink of an eye they lost a valuable ally and were at the exact same situation as in the World War I, when they lost because of having to fight on two fronts.
Collapse of the Grand Alliance
The collapse of the Grand Alliance was vital for post-World War II development especially in Europe. After the victory over Germany, there were two major conferences held in Yalta and Potsdam. First signs of collapse were represented here, because Stalin was already anticipating victory against Germany, and that led him to start discussing the security of USSR based on securing the eastern Europe countries, which would be under rule of USSR and of course communism. Main disputes were about Poland, because Poland was representing strategic position in Europe and both sides wanted to get their part. Stalin was worried that if Poland will be British...

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