The Cold War


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  • Sure. The Cold War wasn't a war. It was a 40-year standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • Hey Olivia, could you tell me about the Cold War?
  • The United States and the Soviet Union used to be allies in World War ll. But after the war, the US thought that the Soviet Union wanted to spread communism all over the world.
  • Communism is an economic system where wealth is distributed evenly to everybody. 
  • What's communism?
  • And didn't the Soviets build the Berlin Wall to keep people from coming or leaving East Berlin?
  • The Soviet Union limited access to Berlin, Germany and didn't let anyone get in or out and because of that Germany was split into two. East Germany became a communist state while West Germany became a democracy. 
  • Yeah and the wall became a symbol of the Soviet oppression and the Cold War in general. 
  • Yeah
  • And due to the Soviet oppression the Iron Curtain had descended across Europe. President Harry S. Truman tried to stop the spread of communism.
  • The containment used three different approaches, right?
  • Second, the US followed with the Truman Doctrine and third the US established NATO.
  • The first plan was the Marshall Plan which gave Europe $13 billion to help rebuild after World War ll.
  • Yeah, your getting it.
  • At the end of World War ll the US had invented and used the atom bomb.
  • Nuclear weapons may have prevented a US-Soviet War. Since both sides knew there would be no winner, the only winning move was not to play.
  • And the Soviets feared America wanted to take over the rest of the world, so a few years later they invented their own nuclear bombs.
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