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Origins of Containment

Attempts at containing the Soviet Union began almost as soon as it became obvious that the Bolshevik revolution in November 1917 might succeed. With World War I raging, German successes on the eastern front and a war-weary Russian population helped the Bolsheviks seize power at a time when the first American troops were arriving in Europe. After Russia reached a peace agreement with Germany at Brest-Litovsk on March 3, 1918, German forces were transferred to fight against American troops on the western front. This seemed to many Americans like a betrayal, and U.S. soldiers were deployed to keep supplies stockpiled in Siberia from falling into German hands and to help the so-called Czech Legion leave Russia. This half-hearted attempt at military containment cost more than 200 hundred American lives and continued even after the ceasefire on November 11, 1918; the last American troops left Soviet soil...

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