This week marks the 65th anniversary of the postwar conference at Yalta, the meeting at which the “big three” — Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill — met “to determine the fate of postwar Europe.” Long noted as the opening scene of the impending Cold War — which was manifested as the fundamental reality for Europe and much of the world for nearly the next half century – Yalta was a crucial turning point.
Now, a new book by Harvard’s S.M. Plokhy adds voluminous research to the controversies that have surrounded Yalta for decades. (For earlier perceptions, see, for instance, Diane Shaver Clemens’ 1971 classic Yalta). The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Kaminsky reviews Plokhy’s new Yalta: The Price of Peace in Creating a Postwar World.