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The early chilly struggle used to be a interval of dramatic swap. New superpowers emerged, the ecu powers have been eclipsed, colonial empires tottered. Political leaders all over needed to make tremendous changes. This quantity explores their hopes and fears, their experience in their position on the planet and of the restrictions below which they laboured.

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At Potsdam, Truman’s main personal intervention was to try to get the Soviets and British to sign up to a waterway programme that aimed to keep the peace by allowing free economic intercourse between European nations. Later, his Point Four programme would promise economic aid to help areas in Asia and Africa escape from poverty. In public, Truman’s rhetoric about such initiatives welded together his modernizing commitment and his firm conviction that the United States was an exceptional power. ‘Only America could undertake such a unique approach to world affairs’, he declared in reference to Point Four.

Eds), Vostochnaia Evropa v Dokumentakh Rossiiskikh Arkhivov, 1944–1953, vol. 1 (Moscow and Novosibirsk, 1997), 39. 13. ‘Entretien du 2 décembre 1944 entre J. , et Ch. de Gaulle, président du Gouvernement provisoire de la République française’, Recherches internationales à la lumière du marxisme, no. 12 (March–April 1959), 57. ´ 14. A. ), Protokoły posiedzen´ Biura Politycznego KC PPR 1944–1945 (Warsaw: ISP PAN, 1992), 30–37. Translated by Jan Chowaniec. cwihp. org) for providing this document, and Jan Chowaniec for the translation.

Dnevnik narkoma’, Istochnik, no. 5 (1997), 127–28. Sergey Radchenko 29 6. ‘Notes of V. Kolarov from a meeting with I. Stalin’, 28 January 1945. CDA (Sofia), f. 147 B, op. 2, ae. 1025, l. 1–6. Contributed by Jordan Baev and translated by Nedialka Douptcheva. org) for sharing this valuable document, and, of course, Jordan Baev for sharing it with the CWIHP. This and other conversations between Stalin and foreign leaders are due to appear in a forthcoming volume edited by Christian Ostermann, David Wolff and Vladislav Zubok.

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