5but had fallen apart by 1949 W. Patten
To find the cause of the USA- USSR mistrust, you must first look at
the beliefs and aims of the USSR and the USA. The USSR was a Communist
country ruled by a dictator who cared very little about human rights. The
USA was a capitalist democracy, which valued freedom. Stalin wanted
reparations from Germany, and a buffer of friendly states. Britain and the
USA wanted to help Germany recover, and to prevent large areas of Europe
from coming under Communist control. The USSR did not trust Britain and
the USA because they had tried to destroy the Russian Revolution in 1918,
and Stalin thought that they had not helped the USSR enough in World War
Two. Britain and the USA did not trust the USSR because Stalin had signed
the Nazi- Soviet Pact in 1939.
After World War Two, in the period from 1945 – 1948, there was a list
of nine events which caused the USSR- USA relations to deteriorate.
Firstly, the Yalta Conference in February 1945.