In the aftermath of the Second World War, vast swathes of Europe and Asia lay devastated. Some seventy million people – soldiers and civilians – had died in the conflict. Twenty seven million of the dead had been Soviet citizens, mostly killed in the war against Nazi Germany. American, British, and French policymakers, seeking to build a stable world order as the war came to a conclusion, assumed that their allies in the Soviet Union Soviet government would join them in seeking peace and stability.
They were wrong. Even as the war concluded, Soviet behavior proved aggressive and threatening. In late …read more
Source: Victims of Communism