Cold War World History

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  • Iron Curtain Speech

    Iron Curtain Speech
    Winston Churchill gave this speech in the United States in 1946. He is concerned about Soviet aggression in Eastern Europe. The iron Curtain is the division between Capitalist Western Europe and Communist Eastern Europe. He wanted America to take a bigger role in Soviet aggression.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
  • Truman Doctrine

    President Harry S. Truman issued a doctrine that stated the United States would provide aid to any country trying to fight Communism. This doctrine was created for the sole purpose of preventing the spread of Soviet Communism. The United States proceeded with giving 400 million dollars aid to provide countries with the resources to stand against Communists.
  • Berlin Blockade

    Berlin Blockade
  • Berlin Blockade

    The Soviet Union limits France, Great Britain, and the United States from travelling to their sectors in Russian "territory". The United States did not allow Soviet's malicious efforts to neglect Berliners. In order to stay in good stance with Berlin, United States did everything they could to work with Berliners around the blockade.
  • Marshall Plan

    Made by George C. Marshall in efforts to rebuild Western Europe. The United States gave generous amounts of money to rebuild their economy. This was done to again to help countries resist Communism. In addition, these people were happier and easy to collaborate with United States in different things.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    The Soviet Union issued a blockade that cut off resources to any allied controlled areas in Berlin. The Soviets believed this hostility would affect everyone. Little did they know, the United States and the United Kingdom would airlift food and coal constantly to West Berlin. This resulted in a lift of the blockade just a year later from a failed attempt.
  • Communists take over China

    Communists take over China
  • Communists take over China

    The leader of the Communist party in China was Mao Zedong. This all occurred once China fell to Communism due to poor economy. His five year plan to increase industry by forcing peasants into communes where they shared their land and labor was falsely reported successful, leaving peasants famished. In addition, to this repeated terror he had a cult-like army of Red Army guards who killed and tortured anyone who had teachings or practices that differed from his own.
  • NATO

    NATO
    When tension was increasing, United States, Canada, and nine Western European countries formed their own military alliance. It stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This was basically a pact that the members wanted that would ensure they helped one another in the face of any attack.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
  • Revolt in Hungary

    Revolt in Hungary
    The Hungarian fought against the Soviet Union. There were violent communist protests that were just to save Hungary. It was revolutionary because the people fought for their rights rather than officials.
  • Sputnik

    Sputnik
    Sputnik was the Earth's first artificial satellite. The invention was controversial because Soviet Union was successful at it first when the United States wanted to be. It caught many off guard.
  • Great Leap Forward

    Great Leap Forward
    Mao Zedong (communist leader in china) forced more and more families into labor communes. This was impulsive and not working at the times. The people in communes wanted to impress Zedong even if it meant starving themselves. It was his attempt to transform farming into industrialism. This was an inefficient forward.
  • Apollo Program

    Apollo Program
    This is a well-known project made by NASA to safely send humans to the moon and back. They achieved this goal with six out of the missions were successful.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    The United States and Soviet Union went into a military standoff in order to prevent nuclear war. America announced a naval blockade around Cuba in order to decrease the threat from Soviet missiles. This was the closest the U.S. came to nuclear war, and it was fully prevented when the Soviet leader agreed to remove the missiles in Cuba, if the U.S. refused to invade.
  • Cultural Revolution

    Cultural Revolution
  • Revolt in Czechoslovakia

  • Revolt in Czechoslovakia

    The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia in order to end reforms in Prague. Czechoslovakia's economy was struggling so much that they begin to adopt anti-Communist ideas in order to stay afloat. The Soviets were brutal and caused Czechoslovakia to step down. In addition, there actions became crookedly justified because any Communist community threatened was allowed to be tampered with.
  • Vietnam War

    Communist North Vietnam caused war between the South and United States. United States brought in more soldiers and had to bomb forests to make the Vietcong fight back. In result more people supported the North who stood back and watched as the destruction happened in Vietnam. Essentially communists fueled a dangerous fire. The United States eventually left the war leaving Vietnam to fall to the Communists.
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    Korean War

    The Korean War was a war between North Korea and South Korea. In 1950, Communist North Korea invaded Capitalist South Korea and captured most of South Korea. The North had the Soviet Union's assistance while the South had the United States. South Korea had a better standing then North Korea due to the U.S. help. The U.S. generosity continued when they decided to attack North Korea pushing the North back, soon causing China to enter the war. In 1953, both states declared a cease-fire.
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    Cultural Revolution

    With his very own cult following called the Red Guards, Mao Zedong led a purge. This was to purify those who simply didn't follow Mao, or abide by his teachings. This purge included public humiliation, beatings, torture, and execution. Those targeted included intellectuals, artists, parents, teachers, government officials, and more.