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FDR, Stalin and the Yalta Conference

Some time ago I read a book called Patriots and I ran into a glaring historical inaccuracy which I’ve since come across in other places: That FDR somehow “gave away” a huge chunk of Europe to Stalin (thus planting the seeds for the cold war).

According to the book:

…Roosevelt, who was quite ill at the time, and Stalin sat down…they decided right then and there how they would carve up Europe after the war…I don’t know why historians have glossed over the Yalta conference.  I think if more people paid attention to it, Roosevelt wouldn’t have such a positive reputation.  The bastard gave away half of Europe to Stalin.” p. 296

But historians have not glossed over the Yalta conference; the narrative here is simply misleading (if not inaccurate).  Here are some facts about the Yalta conference:

  • Germany had not yet surrendered (and Soviet Russia was an important ally)
  • The Russians were already within striking range of Berlin (and already occupied Eastern Europe).
  • FDR did not give away any territory occupied by the US Read more