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Why couldn't Stalin and Truman co-operate? Watch this video to find out.

Stalin vs Truman

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Key points

  • 1945 - Harry S. Truman became president of America. He was determined to confront communism.
  • Capitalism (America) is private ownership and the right to make money.
  • Communism (the Soviet Union) is state ownership and the belief that wealth should be shared.
  • Their leaders hated each others systems and led to the collapse of the war time alliance, which caused a Cold War.

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