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The Cold War

  • End of World War II

    End of World War II
    In May of the same year, Germany surrendered. Shortly after the drop of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrendered, and the war ended. However, in the midst of this chaos, Russia declared war on Japan.
  • Berlin Blockade

    Berlin Blockade
    The Soviet Union blocked the Allies' canal and ralirway road access to Berlin. This lasted about eleven months.
  • A-Bomb for USSR

    A-Bomb for USSR
    Russia tests its first atomic bomb.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    The Korean War begins, with Stalin in support of North Korea.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    Eight communist states formed a collective defense treaty.
  • Sputnik

    The launch of Sputnik began the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States.
  • Kennedy Election

    Kennedy Election
    John F. Kennedy beats Richard Nixon in a race for the presidency.
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    Construction of the Berlin Wall, which divided the German Democratic Republic from Berlin.
  • Strategic Defense Initiative

    Strategic Defense Initiative
    Proposed by Ronald Reagan and implented to protect against missile attacks by the Soviet Union.
  • Glasnost

    Gorbachev's attempt to create more openness amongst the people, thus spurring further support of his economic reforms.
  • Perestroika

    A new restructuring policy implented with the goal of promoting economic and social change.
  • Missile Treaty

    Missile Treaty
    Reagan and Gorbachev sign a treaty diminishing their nuclear arsenals.
  • Destruction of Berlin Wall

    Destruction of Berlin Wall
    The wall begins to be torn down, breaking down the barrier between the German Democratic Republic and Berlin.
  • Boris Yeltsin

    Boris Yeltsin
    Boris Yeltsin elected president of Russia.
  • Cold War Ends

    Cold War Ends
    Directly following the disbandment of the Soviet Union, the Cold War comes to a close.
  • Goodbye Soviet Union

    Goodbye Soviet Union
    The Soviet Union dissolves by decree, and each of the 12 rebublics becomes independent.