The literature on the breakdown of the alliance is voluminous. The ongoing controversy over the
interpretation of events can only be touched upon here.
Some of the more interesting works on the subject
include: Daniel Yergin A Shattered Peace. The Origins
of the Cold War and the National Security State ( Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977); Joyce Kolko and
, The Limits of Power: The World and United States
Foreign Policy, 1945-1954 ( New York: Harper & Row, 1972); Boris Meissner, Russland, die Westmächte und
Deutschland: Die so sowietische Deutschlandpolitik, 1943-
1953 ( Hamburg: H. H. Nölke Verlag, 1953); Herbert Feis, Churchill Roosevelt Stalin ( Princeton, N.J.: Princeton
University Press, 1957); W. Averell Harriman, Special
Envoy to Churchill and Stalin, 1941-1946 ( New York: Random House, 1975); John Lewis Gaddis, The United
States and the Origins of the Cold War ( New York: Columbia University Press, 1972); Ivanovich Orlik, Imperialisticheskiye Derzhavy i Vostochnaya Evropa,
1945-1965 ( Moscow: Academy of Sciences, 1968). Orlik
provides a valuable source for a Soviet perspective.
A Decade of American Foreign Policy: Basic
Documents, 1941-49 ( New York: Greenwood Press, 1968),
p. 10 (hereafter cited as Basic Documents).
Diane Shaver Clemens, Yalta ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1970), pp. 40-42. Philip
Mosely, a representative to the European Advisory Commission (EAC), attributes this to the deep differences
between the President's political and military advisors. Mosely, The Kremlin and World Politics ( New
York: Vintage Books, 1960), pp. 158-59, 202. Secretary
of State Cordell Hull recounts in his memoirs that EAC
functions were limited to the terms of surrender and
plans for their execution, reflecting the U.S. preference for delaying peace arrangements until the end of
the war. Hull, The Memoirs of Cordell Hull, 2 vols.
( New York: The Macmillan Co., 1948), 2:1642.
The Italian armistice was negotiated between
the United States, Great Britain, and the Supreme Allied Commander of the Mediterranean without Soviet
participation. The State Department prophetically
protested this, saying it would allow the Soviets to
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Book title: Soviet Policy toward East Germany Reconsidered:The Postwar Decade.
Contributors: Ann L. Phillips - Author.
Publisher: Greenwood Press.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1986.
Page number: 46.
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