How did the goals of U.S. and Soviet foreign policy differ after World War II?
Following the war, Stalin's Soviet Union sought to weaken and further divide Germany, as well as to maintain Soviet control over Eastern Europe. The United States, on the other hand, desired to unite Germany and establish independent nations in Eastern Europe. Initially, Stalin agreed to the establishment of these representative governments and the holding of free elections. He also consented to temporarily divide Germany into a soviet zone. However, this did not occur because most of Eastern Europe's lands became satellite states of the Soviet Union. As a result, the Soviet Union and the United States engaged in a 46-year conflict.
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