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Yalta, Casablanca, Potsdam

The most important meetings of the Second World War were held between the United Kingdom, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America. The most important gatherings of the rulers of these countries were at Casablanca, in 1943, at Yalta, in 1945, and at Potsdam, in 1945.

During these meetings, Winston Churchill, representing the UK, Iosif Stalin, representing the USSR, Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman, representing the US, decided the fate of the post war world. The discussions and the agreements of these conferences, as well as the pacts between the countries shaped the world in the second half of the 20th century. Also, the three leaders decided what was the price every Axis countries and their satellites had to pay for war damages.

After the outbreak of the Second World War, the UK and the USSR joined power with the US in order to defeat Hitler and fascist Germany, as well as Japan. The leaders of these three countries took action, although they also planned for the future of the world, in the conferences of the Second World War.

Casablanca was the first of the conferences, in 1943. Stalin, however, did not attend this meeting. It was at this meeting that the term unconditional surrender first came about. The leaders agreed that the Axis could only surrender in an unconditional form.

Iosif Stalin first met Churchill and Roosevelt in Teheran, November and December 1943. At this conference, it was agreed that the UK and the US would invade Germany. Also, it was decided that the USSR would help in the invasion of Japan. Post war Polish frontiers were also discussed at this time.

German forces were declining by the time the Quebec meeting of August 1944 was held. Here, the leaders stress again plan for defeating Japan. They also made plans about a free French Government and for dividing Germany into four parts.

Yalta and 1945 brought the plans for the finalization of the occupation of Germany and its division into four parts. These were going to be controlled by Great Britain, United States, The Soviet Union, and France. The three agreed upon a provisional government for Poland.

A few months after the Yalta conference, Franklin Roosevelt died. Harry Truman, the vicepresident, assumed the presidency of the United States. Truman, Stalin, Churchill decided Germany's fate at the Potsdam conference in August 1945 and issued ultimatum to Japan.

Before all three conferences, the powers made pacts with each other. At Yalta, Roosevelt gave away Eastern Europe to USSR, although Great Britain did not agree completely with this. "Critics would accuse Roosevelt of a 'sell-out' at Yalta, of giving away Eastern Europe to Stalin, of 'secret deals' with a ruthless dictator. Bert Andrews in the New York Herald Examiner wrote about four secret deals: Russia's demand for $20 billion in reparations from Germany, for Poland to the Curzon line, for 3 seats in the United Nations, for territory in the Far East including Outer Mongolia, south Sakhalin Island, the Kuriles." ( Also, Roosevelt wanted the USSR to join to the United Nations and to confirm the Teheran agreement that Russia will declare war on Japan. "La Ialta, presedintele american urmarea doua obiective majore. Primul era sa obtina de la Stalin, in schimbul oricaror concesii, adeziunea U.R.S.S. la Organizatia Natiunilor Unite. A doua, ca Stalin sa confirme angajamentul facut la Teheran, ca va intra in razboi impotriva Japoniei. (.) Duminica, 11 februarie, cei trei mari s-au despartit. Roosevelt incantat de marile concesii obtinute;(.) concesii platite cu o parte a Europei si o alta parte din Asia. (.) Stalin - fericit ca obtinuse ce nici macar nu sperase." (

At the Potsdam conference, among other things decided, the damage of war was also discussed. All three powers agreed to make Germany unable of starting a war conflict ever again as well as making it pay war damage. Germany's satellite countries, on the other hand, just had to pay for reparations. The Berlin (Potsdam) Conference, July 17-August 2, 1945 (a) Protocol of the Proceedings, August l, 1945


11. In order to eliminate Germany's war potential, the production of arms, ammunition and implements of war as well as all types of aircraft and sea-going ships shall be prohibited and prevented. Production of metals, chemicals, machinery and other items that are directly necessary to a war economy shall be rigidly controlled and restricted to Germany's approved post-war peacetime needs to meet the objectives stated in Paragraph 15. Productive capacity not needed for permitted production shall be removed in accordance with the reparations plan recommended by the Allied Commission on Reparations and approved by the Governments concerned or if not removed shall be destroyed. (.)


The three Governments took note that the Soviet Representatives on the Allied Control Commissions in Rumania, Bulgaria, and Hungary, have communicated to their United Kingdom and United States colleagues' proposals for improving the work of the Control Commissions, now that hostilities in Europe have ceased.

The three Governments agreed that the revision of the procedures of the Allied Control Commissions in these countries would now be undertaken, taking into account the interests and responsibilities of the three Governments which together presented the terms of armistice to the respective countries, and accepting as a basis, in respect of all three countries, the Soviet Government's proposals for Hungary as annexed hereto. " (

At Yalta the Leaders agreed that the Axis countries would have to pay $ 20,000,000,000 for reparations. Of this, half went to USSR. It was a fare price, since the Russians had almost half (20,000,000) of the 55,000,000 casualties of World War II. "It was agreed at Yalta that the sum of $20,000 million should be taken as a basis for further discussions, half of it being claimed by USSR for itself and Poland. At Potsdam, the Russians, whose need for reparations in kind of cash was intense, secured agreement for removals from their zone of occupation to meet Russian and Polish reparation claims, but nothing was settled about the extent of the claims. The western allies were likewise to be entitled to dismantle and remove property in their zones in order to meet their claims and those of the remaining allies." (Peter Calvocoressi, World Politics Since 1945, sixth edition, Longman Publishers, page 15)

The situations that emerged from the Potsdam and Yalta conferences were the same: Europe would be divided into two influence spheres. Roosevelt and Churchill, however, could only agree to the influence zones, since the Russian army was already in these countries. The "Iron Curtain" was the demarcation line between the Occident and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. East of the Iron curtain you could find Poland, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, the USSR and Eastern Germany. "It has been argued that the division of Europe and the resulting Russian overlordship in Eastern Europe were the consequence not of historical accident, but of agreement, notably agreement at Yalta by Roosevelt and Churchill to give Stalin a position of power which otherwise he could not have achieved. This argument cannot be sustained. Roosevelt and Churchill conceded at Yalta nothing that it was in their power to withhold. The Russians armies were already in occupation of positions in Europe from which they could not be expelled (.) [Stalin] created a satellite empire in witch the component states retained their separate juristic identities (.) but were subjected to Russian purposes by the realities of Russian military power and the modalities of Communist Party and police rule and unequal economic treaties. There was soon little difference between former foes like Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, and wartime allies like Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia." (Peter Calvocoressi, World Politics Since 1945, sixth edition, Longman Publishers, page 231)

Before the Potsdam conference, the US senators who had recently visited Europe believed that most of the continent would change democracy for communism after the war. <According to several senators that had recently toured postwar Europe in a meeting with President Truman, ' . . . Their song was that France would go Communistic, so would Germany, Italy and the Scandinavians, and there was grave doubt about England staying sane.'> ( A communistic Europe would have been the Russian ideal for the post war situation. At Potsdam, Truman was left to defend the principles of democracy. Although not an experienced diplomat, the US president had a powerful ace: the atomic bomb.' The Potsdam Conference, a meeting of the victorious leaders of the Allies in Europe, attempted to confront the delicate balance of power of the opposing governmental structures, democracy and communism. Held in an unbombed suburb of Berlin, it commenced July 17 lasting to August 2. Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and President Truman began the conference for their respective countries. On the agenda was the partitioning of the postwar world and resolving the problems of the war in the Far East. This included hammering out the details regarding the division of Germany; the movement of populations from Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Italy; the creation of a Council of Foreign Ministers to administer the agreed upon zones of occupation; and issuing a proclamation demanding unconditional surrender from the Japanese government. Truman, despite his relative inexperience in dealing with foreign diplomats, was holding a trump card that would give him confidence in making demands of the other leadersthe atomic bomb. The most powerful and destructive armament to date, the atomic bomb was solely in the hands of the United States government. " (

The three conferences were extremely important to the shape of the world, as we knew it for more than 40 years, since 1945 to 1989. The post war Europe was decided at Yalta and Potsdam and those decisions had an impact on the whole world. The meeting of the Second World War will always be remembered as shapers of the world.

Cited Works:

  1. Peter Calvocoressi, World Politics Since 1945, sixth edition, Longman Publishers, pages 15  and 231

At Yalta, the American president followed two major objectives. The first one was to obtain from Stalin, in exchange for any concessions, the adhesion of USSR to the United Nations. The second, to get Stalin to confirm that he will go to war against Japan. (.) Sunday, February 11th, the three leaders left. Roosevelt, happy with the concessions he had made;(.) concessions paid by with a part of Europe and another part of Asia. (.) Stalin-happy that he gained what had not even hoped for.

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