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2 The Cold War

3 Part 1: Origins of the Cold War

4 I.End of WW2 A.Soviet Union occupies central & eastern Europe B.Germany is divided between Soviets & Allies 1.West Germany democratic government; achieved self- government 2.East Germany dominated by Soviets; did not establish self- government

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6 Improve your knowledge The Russians took very high casualties to capture Berlin in May They spent the early occupation trying to take over all zones of the city but were stopped by German democrats such as Willy Brandt and Konrad Adenauer. Reluctantly the Russians had to admit the Americans, French and British to their respective zones.

7 C.Japan occupied by US forces 1.Adopted democratic form of government 2.Resumed self-government 3.Became strong US ally

8 II.United Nations A.Established at Yalta Conference 1.Stalin want to charge Germany $20 billion 2.Stalin would join war against Japan 3.Disagreements over Poland 4.Established United Nations B.Replaced League of Nations C.Goals: 1.Prevent future global wars 2.Solve differences peacefully & promote justice

9 YALTA (in the USSR) Date: Feb 1945 Present: Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin

10 III.Cold War A.Lasted from end of WW2 to collapse of Soviet Union (1989) B.Causes 1.Economic & political differences between U.S. & Soviet Union 2.U.S.: democratic government & capitalist economy 3.Soviet Union: totalitarian government, communist economy, & satellite nations

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12 IV.Cold War policies A.Potsdam Conference 1.Meeting between Truman, Stalin, & Attlee 2.Stalin insisted on German war payments 3.Truman warned of secret US weapon

13 B.Truman Doctrine 1.Focused on containment of communism 2.Resist communist aggression into other countries 3.Keep Iron Curtain from advancing

14 Winston Churchill coins the phrase “Iron Curtain”

15 Domino Theory Communism spreads like a disease

16 Part 2: Cold War Heats Up

17 I.Marshall Plan A.U.S. did not want same mistakes as WW1 B.George C. Marshall writes plan for European economic recovery 1.Leaving Europe on their own may cause countries to turn communist 2.Building up other countries making allies & future partners 3.European Recovery Plan; over $13 billion in aid to Europe (ERP)

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19 II.Berlin Airlift A.Stalin tries cutting off West Berlin from Allies B.Truman did not want to lose Berlin or risk war

20 C.British & US Air Forces deliver supplies to Berlin 1.13,000 tons of supplies arrived daily 2.Soviets give up Berlin blockade *1 plane every 3 minutes *227,000 flights

21 Stalin removes the blockade when he realizes the allies are not going to give up their sector of Berlin.

22 Vittles, the boxer dog flew 131 missions with his owner, Lt. Russ Steber, during the Berlin Airlift. Gen. Curtis LeMay ordered the parachute made for him to ensure his safety. Vittles accumulated around 2,000 flying hours, but never had to use the parachute

23 Halverson received the Bundesverdienstorden in 1974 and carried the placard for Germany during the Salt Lake City Olympic opening ceremony in 2002 US Air Force Lieutenant Gail Halverson throws chocolate and chewing gum with mini parachutes he made himself out of his aircraft in October 1948

24 III.North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) A.Alliance between U.S. & western European countries to prevent Soviet invasion of Western Europe B.Soviets alliance with Eastern Europe forming Warsaw Pact in response

25 Two sides of Cold War NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization USA, France, Great Britain, West Germany CAPITALISM CAPITALISM Warsaw Pact – pro Soviet countries – USSR, and all countries controlled by the USSR. COMMUNISM

26 IV.Communist advances A.Soviet atomic threat 1.Evidence of Soviet nuclear explosion 2.Race for hydrogen bomb

27 B.China falls to Communists 1.Mao Zedong establishes People’s Republic of China 2.Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists forced to retreat to Taiwan

28 V.Cold War at home A.Red Scare continued 1.World seemed divided between communist & democratic countries 2.Communists develop nuclear weapons 3.Both sides have nuclear buildup threatening safety of world a.Schools have bomb drills b.People build bomb shelters

29 B.Fearing growth of communism 1.Alger Hiss and Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of spying for Soviet Union 2.Senator Joseph McCarthy recklessly accuses people of being communist a.Accusations based on little or no evidence b.McCarthyism: false accusations based on rumor or guilt by association

30 C.Cold War & Virginia 1.Heavy military expenditures benefit Virginia a.Hampton Roads; naval & air bases b.Northern Virginia; Pentagon & companies contracting with government

31 Part 3: Korean War

32 I.Growth of Communism A.Chinese Civil War 1.Communist take over China 2.Small democratic section of China exiled to Taiwan B.Dividing up Korea 1.Korea divided at 38 th parallel 2.Soviets controlled North Korea 3.U.S. controlled South Korea

33 US & USSR both remove their military from Korea, USSR supply N. Korea w/ tanks, airplanes & $ to take over S. Korea.

34 II.War begins (1950) A.North Korea invades South to unify Korea B.President Truman sees attack as act of Communist aggression C.Truman dedicated to containment of communism & attacks North Korea

35 Truman compares this to when Hitler began to take over Europe and the other countries appeased him, he decides to support S. Korea.

36 III.Fighting the war A.Douglas MacArthur leads U.S. forces deep into North Korea B.China comes to North Korea’s aid C.U.S. fears U.S.S.R. will get involved & start WW3

37 MacArthur leads the troops and pinches the N. Koreans at the bottom of the peninsula. I Surrender!

38 MacArthur pushes all the way up to the Yalu River!! Yalu River

39 This wigs out the Chinese who send in troops to push back the Americans.

40 The Chinese outnumber the US and UN forces and push back, taking the capital of S. Korea, Seoul

41 The Shifting Map of Korea [ ]

42 IV.War ends (1953) A.Both armies fought to stalemate B.President Eisenhower negotiates peace with China & North Korea (cease fire) C.War ends with Korea still divided at 38 th parallel *** Truman desegregated military in 1948; first war fought with an integrated military

43 The Korean War In 1953, both sides called for a cease-fire The cease-fire is still in place today and is the reason why there are still 2 Koreas

44 Eisenhower warned the Soviets that the US would follow a plan of MASSIVE RETALIATION if the US was bombed.

45 V.U-2 Incident (1960) A.U.S. had spy plane flying over USSR B.USSR shoots it down; U.S. denies any of this C.USSR has body of pilot as evidence; great embarrassment to US

46 VI.GI Bill (nothing to do with Korean War) A.During WW2, FDR wanted returning veterans to be given great opportunities; GI Bill passed B.Gives returning soldiers – payment for college tuition; low- interest home loan; unemployment pay up to six months

47 VII.Baby boom A.Following WW2, US economy was strong & it was a great time to start a family B – about 75 million babies born!!!!


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