Yalta and Potsdam Signifigance

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The Yalta Conference and the Potsdam Conference were both two very important meetings that occurred in 1945. These conferences can be assed to have played a very big role in the cause of the war. These conferences included Britain, USA, Allies, and the USSR. Throughout these conferences, commitments were made in which were not followed through with in which may have been an ultimate factor in causing the war.

The Yalta Conference came before the Potsdam Conference. February 4 through 11, leaders such as Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt discussed issues regarding Germany. During the time of the conference, the unconditional German surrender wasn't yet issued. After seven days of arguing, the leaders were finally able to come to terms and agree with each other. The agreement that was decided upon was that Germany would be split into four separate regions that would be given to members at the conference along with the French.

The allies decided to merge their separate regions into one big region called East Germany. The Soviets were left to create their region as the Western Germany.

Other than Germany, the leaders discussed many other topics that could have made tensions higher and thus further causing the war. The USSR showed their disinterest in holding elections in Eastern Europe. The allies discussed this primarily in order to allow for elections in Poland. The issue that may have further caused the war is that Stalin promised to allow elections in Poland, and then deliberately broke his promise and introduced Poland to communism. After Poland, the USSR continued to influence the rest of Eastern Europe with communism after it was promised at the Yalta Conference to not do so. The breaking of promises laid out in the Yalta Conference show to be highly involved in intensifying the tensions...