Cold War

  • NATO set up

    NATO set up
    NATO was created because the western powers were concerned that Stalin was going to be the next Hitler, taking over Europe piece by piece. It's to contain the spread of communism. A few years later Stalin had the nations in his sphere of influence join the Warsaul Pact as a counter to the powerful NATO military organization. It was a pretty big threat because if you have too much power and take it for granted.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    When the Japanese were defeated, the allies had to decide how to set up a government in the formerly occupied Korea. The decision was made to divide the country essentially along the 38th parallel, give control of the north to the USSR, and also the south to the Americans. In 1950, the communist north invaded the south in an attempt to reunify the peninsula. It was a threat to the people of Korean people.
  • U.S develops H-Bomb

    U.S develops H-Bomb
  • Hungarian Revolt

    Hungarian Revolt
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    Vietnam had been a French colony before the Japanese took over in WW2. After the war, the French sought to regain their former colony but independence movements fought to maintain their self-determination. One group was led by a communist named Ho Chi Minh. War is always a threat because people die and suffer.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    Stalin wanted to keep Western influences out of his area and he felt that the other nations wouldn't be willing to start a fight if he took measures to gain control of all of Berlin. there are two key events that occurred in Berlin that demonstrate expansionism and containment and the first is the Berlin Air Lift.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    This was a conflict over spheres of influence in the Caribbean. For the Cubans, this event is just one in a long line of conflicts with the Americans since the communist revolution of Castro.

  • SALT treaty signed

    During the Cold War, both sides saw the nations in areas like Africa as prime territory to expand their sphere of influence. But in 1972 the US and USSR signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty or SALT which was mostly about nuclear arms but also included an agreement to leave the newly independent nations alone.
  • Berlin Wall torn down

    In 1987, US president Reagan came to Berlin, and in front of the Brandenburg Gate. A symbol of East Berlin. Challenged Gorbachev by saying if he really supported the ideas of glasnost, Mr.Gorbachev " tear down this wall"