Ideology wasn’t the main cause of the start of the break down of the grand alliance. It wasn’t the main cause because the USSR isn’t a communist state it is a stalinist state. Stalinism is not an ideology it is an imposed regime. All countries that were taken over by stalinsum in the east part of europe all tried to escape from stalin’s control all countries that attempted to escape stalinum were brutally put down . Stalin was only interested in power which is why he felt threatened by the US by trying to revive the european economy which made stalin feel as though the US wanted a european empire. The Stalinist agenda was both aggressive and defencive in purpose and execution.Stalin had succeeded in taking and maintaining power through ruthless control including the use of a powerful secret service, and purges of the party and ethnic groups. He understood the need to continue to use fear and suppression in order to maintain his power base. He was also determined to ensure that his power was not again threatened from the west. As a result he determined the need to divide Germany and control as many states in Eastern Europe as possible; some directly and others like Yugoslavia through like-minded leaders. Stalin saw the United States and its ‘values’ of liberal democracy and capitalism as a threat. The paranoia which had helped him hold power led him to believe that the U.S. was seeking to undermine him. Actions taken by the Americans during and immediately following the war only served to convince him.As the second world war ended the us had many goals they wanted to end fascism in europe and asia, Control USSR growth stopping spread of what they believed to be communism and Create wealth revive the economy after the wars and fix the impact that has had on the economy. They want to rebuild war torn countries economies. The plans to use the marshall plan to rebuild europe economy. Marshall plan was an American initiative to help Western Europe.The marshall plan, granted $5 billion in aid to 16 European nations. The aid took the form of money, food, machinery and technological help. The aims of the Marshall Plan were to revive European economies so that political and social stability could ensue and safeguard the future of the US economy. It was also to was to prevent these countries from turning communist. Soviet and Eastern European countries rejected the Marshall plan which the US had expected them to. The USSR saw this as a prime example of American “Dollar imperialism” they felt that the US was trying to establishing a European empire. The USSR felt threatened by this and felt as tho the US was trying to explain into europe which disturbs stalin’s plans for power. The USSR had been demanding that the Allies open a second front in Europe. Churchill and Roosevelt decided that any effort to land troops in Western Europe would result in lots of casualties. Until the USSR victory at Stalingrad in 1943, January. Stalin had worried that without a second front, Germany would defeat them. Stalin, who always favoured in offensive strategy, believed that there were political, as well as military reasons for the Allies’ lack of success to open up a second front in Europe. Stalin was still highly suspicious of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt and was distressed about them signing a peace agreement with Adolf Hitler. The foreign policies of the capitalist countries since the October Revolution had convinced Stalin that their main objective was the destruction of the communist system in the Soviet Union. Stalin was fully aware that if Britain and the US depart from the war, the Red Army would have large problem in dealing with Germany on its own. Another ….. That created tension was the dropping of the atomic bomb. Throughout the last stage of World War two, america dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945,. The US had dropped the bombs with the consent of the United Kingdom as outlined in the Quebec Agreement. The dropping of these bombs led to tensions between the USSR and the US, as it can be seen as a power move by the US to show the USSR who is boss. Both stalin and the us want power policy and economically which led to lots of tension between the two. Once the war had ended the USSR and the US planed how to deal with Germany which led them to split it into 4 “allied occupation zones”: The eastern part of the country went to the Soviet Union, while the western part went to the United States, Great Britain and France.As tension grew between the two superpowers stalin decided to close the border between the two parts of berlin The population living in the Soviet part could see how much better life was in the Allied part of the city and the citizens were escaping into western germany to get away from the stalinist control. In June 1948, Stalin sealed all land passages into Berlin, cutting off the Western Allies. stalin refused to allow Marshall Aid to reach the Soviet area and therefore, West Berlin was blocked. He assumed that this would cause the Allies to abandon their control of Berlin altogether. The Allies awserd by supplying required supplies through the Berlin airlift operation. British and American cargo planes flew from Allied zones into berlin For 11 months. tons of food, fuel and other supplies were delivered into berlin. Stalin lifted the blockade, after 322 days.Disputes over how to deal with the German inquiry resulted in presser and altercation that led to the break down of the grand alliance. Stalin’s anxiety of a firm unified Germany put him at odds with American policy to set up an economically strong state which was able to trade completely and openly with the West. The border block between west and east berlin and stopping of marshall aid was solely a game of power and control. Stalin sees US having more power in europe and feels as though they are trying to build an empire. He wants control over more countries as he is trying to force stalinsum on more repressed countries even tho these countries want to be westernized. The result of the Berlin blockade increased tension further between the two superpowers. The break down of the grand alliance can be seen as an ideological conflict. It can be seen as an ideological conflict as the US and USSR had different political and economical systemes. These two separate systems were incompatible. The US was a capitalist country and the USSR were thought to be communists. The US was trying to stop communism from spreading which led to tension between the two superpowers. As well other Events during World War Two led to the superpowers being further alienated. The US goal to stop the spread of communism led them come up with different methods, such as the marshall plan. The US wanted to keep to keep european countries happy so they wouldn’t turn to communism by creating aid for them to rebuild there war torn countries. It can be said that both sides wanted countries to conform to their adopted ideologies for their own gains. However ideology was not the main cause of the breakdown of the alliance, it was due to the fact that USSR was not actually communists but was stalinist. Stalinism is not an ideology it is an imposed regime. The break down of the grand alliance wasn’t because of ideology it was because of the USSR and US economic and political goals. The USSR isn’t a communist state and wasn’t trying to spread communism as the us believed but rather spread stalinsum which is not an ideology but an imposed regime. Stalin wanted more economic and political power which is why the grand alliance broke down as he felt threatened by the US.