The Cold War

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  1. The Cold War
    • 1945-1991
    • The conflict between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. in which neither nation directly confronted the other on the battlefield. However, foreign policy (and somewhat of domestic policy) was dominated by this conflict.
  2. Presidents during the Cold War
    • Nine presidents will be involved, from President Truman to President Bush (the father Bush #41). (seven soviet leaders)
    • 33 Truman
    • 34 Eisenhower
    • 35 JFK
    • 36 Johnson
    • 37 Nixon
    • 38 Ford
    • 39 Carter
    • 40 Reagan
    • 41 Bush
  3. U.S. Aims
    • The Unites States wanted to:
    • ♦ Create a new world order in which all nations had the right of self determination
    • ♦ Gain access to raw materials and markets for its industries
    • ♦ Rebuild European government to ensure stability and to create new markets for American goods
    • ♦ Reunite Germany, believing that Europe would be more secure if Germany were productive
  4. Soviet Aims
    • The Soviets wanted to:
    • ♦Encourage communism in other countries as part of the worldwide struggle between workers and the wealthy
    • ♦ Rebuild its war-ravaged economy using Eastern Europe's industrial equipment and raw materials
    • ♦ Control Eastern Europe to balance U.S. influence in Western Europe\
    • ♦ Keep Germany divided and weak so that it would never again threaten the Soviet Union
  5. containment
    U.S. began a policy of containment (preventing any extension of communist rule to other countries)
  6. Iron Curtain
    Soviet Union installed communist government across Eastern Europe to prevent future invasions from the west. this "Iron Curtain" acted as a buffer for the Soviet Union.
  7. Truman Doctrine
    • March 1947
    • U.S. sent $400 million in aid to Greece and Turkey, " to support free people who are resisting outside pressures."
  8. Marshall Plan
    • June 1947
    • Secretary of State George Marshall proposed the U.S. provide aid (over $13 billion over 5 years) to all European nations that needed it. this as not against "not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation, and chaos".
  9. The Berlin Airlift
    • June 1948 - May 1949
    • U.S., England, and France will airlift supplies into West Berlin, after Stalin closes all access into West Berlin.
  10. Chiang Kai-Shek
    • Nationalist leader
    • Supported by the U.S.
  11. Mao Zedong
    Supported by the U.S.S.R.
  12. 1949
    Nationalist flee China and Communists begin their rule
  13. The Korean War
    • June, 1950 - July, 1953
    • Nickname: The Forgotten War
    • North Korea (Communist)
    •           Capital: Pyongyang
    •            Leader: Kim Il Sung
    • South Korea (Democratic)
    •            Capital: Seoul
    •             Leader: Syngman Rhee
  14. June, 1950
    North Korean troops invade South Korea and capture the capital Seoul
  15. September, 1950
    North Koreans push UN troops south to the perimeter of Pusan (located in south eastern part of South Korea)
  16. September - October 1950
    • Un troops under MacArthur landed at Inchon (located southwest of Seoul) and move north from Pusan.
    • This two pronged attack drives the North Koreans out of South Korea.
    • UN troops continue into North Korea, take Pyongyang, and advance to the Yalu River.
  17. November 1950 - January 1951
    The Chinese intervene and force UN troops to retreat across the 38th Parallel
  18. General MacArthur
    wanted to use atomic bombs against China and North Korea
  19. President Truman
    • As commander in chief in all U.S. military, he has the final say in all military decisions
    • Fired General MacArthur April, 1951 for insubordination
  20. June, 1951
    Cease fire called
  21. July, 1953
    • The Korean War ends.
    • North Korea and South Korea are split at the 38th parallel with a demilitarized zone (DMZ)
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The Cold War
2014-02-13 01:23:15
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The Americans Textbook Chapter 26: Cold War Conflicts
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