Cold War

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  • Cold War- was a state of political and military tension after WWII between powers in the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its satellite states) and powers in the Western Bloc (the United States, its NATO allies and others)
  • Containment - the action of keeping something harmful under control or within limits
  • Marshall Plan - an American initiative to aid Western Europe, in which the United States gave over $12 billion (approximately $120 billion in current dollar value as of June 2016) in economic support to help rebuild Western European economies after the end of WWII.
  • George F. Kennan - an American diplomat and historian. He was known best an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion during the Cold War on which he later reversed himself.
  • Iron Curtain - the name for the boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of WWII in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1991.
  • Truman Doctrine - President Harry S. Truman established that the United States would provide political, military and economic assistance to all democratic nations under threat from external or internal authoritarian forces.
  • Berlin Airlift - at the end of WWII, US, British, and Soviet military forces divided and occupied Germany. Also divided into occupation zones, Berlin was located far inside Soviet-controlled eastern Germany.
  • NATO - it’s purpose was to unify and strengthen the Western Allies’ military response to a possible invasion of western Europe by the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies.
  • Mao Zedong - a principal Chinese Marxist theorist, soldier, and statesman who led his country’s communist revolution.
  • Stalin - the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1929 to 1953.
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