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John Lewis Gaddis on: Stalin's Response to the American A-bomb
John Gaddis Q: What was Stalin's diplomatic response to the U.S. nuclear weapons monoply?

JLG: I think Stalin was very clever in the way that he responded, once he got over his surprise about the use of the bomb. He took the view simply that the Soviet Union would, if anything, become tougher in its dealings with the Americans. He made a point of not being intimidated. We know that he was afraid. We know that he feared the bomb. But the last thing he was going to do was to show this. And so the instructions go out to [Viacheslav] Molotov and to other diplomats to take an even tougher position, which they do at the London Foreign Ministers' conference in September.

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