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Updated: 2/20/2019
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  • The Cold War was a geopolitical war between the democratic west led by the United States and the Communist East led by the Soviet Union.
  • The Second Red Scare was a period between the 40's and 50's in which fear of communism changed American politics, culture, and society.
  • John McCarthy was a former U.S senator who's aggressive and often unfounded anticommunist pursuits led him to be the namesake of "McCarthyism".
  • McCarthyism was a practice of making accusations based on unsubstancial evidence. Due to this practice, thousands of innocent people lost their jobs and livelihood.
  • The Space Race was a competition between the U.S and Soviet Union for dominance in space. Began after the U.S retaliated to Sputnik 1 with Explorer 1 and "ended" when the U.S reached the moon in 1969.
  • Sputnik 1, launched by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957, was the first artificial Earth satellite.
  • The 38th parallel was an imaginary line following 38 N latitude. This was the border between the Korea's prior to the Korean War.
  • The Korean War was between North and South Korea. The north supported by the Soviet Union and China, while the south was supported by the U.S and other countries in the UN. Both sides were still divided when an armistice was signed in 1953, ending the war.
  • Containment was the foreign policy used by the U.S and her allies to stop the spread of communism, not eliminate it as a whole.
  • George F. Kennan was an American diplomat and historian. He is best known for his work encouraging the use of containment to deal with Soviet Union expansion during the cold war.
  • Mao Zedong was was a Chinese communist revolutionary who became the founding father of the Peoples' Republic of China. He was the chairman of the communist party of China during the Cold War.
  • Joseph Stalin was the dictator of the USSR (Soviet Union) from 1929 until his death in 1953. Stalin was a man who transformed his backwards country into a world superpower at unbelievable human cost.
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