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Unit 6 – Post War Boom
One of your vocab words is austerity Most countries were on austerity plans for many years after WWII including the US. Britain was not done with rationing until the 1970's. The austerity of the depression and war years and those that followed fueled the consumer revolution of the 50's.
Pent up demand leads to consumption. Austerity is the context for cultural and governmental attitudes and policies that exemplify the post-war world.
The austerity of Europe after the war and the depression could draw Europeans to communism for two reasons: 1. Communism preaches of a society where everyone is equal. Poor countries would be drawn to this 2. Poor countries could be too weak to resist communists taking over
Soviet Union ( ) – Russia and the areas it controlled
The Nazis were defeated largely due to the repulsion of the German invasion of Soviet territory Soviet forces attacked from the East while the US and Great Britain attacked from the West In the end, the Soviet Union and the US were the two remaining world powers
The US and the Soviets competed with each other for influence in the world Both countries felt their cultures and economies were the best model and used propaganda to say so The US said the Soviets had a totalitarian government
Because of the rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union, the association of the Soviet Union as the enemy led to US propaganda that Communism was the enemy
To be an international organization that could resolve conflicts peacefully The big 3 post war powers were having trouble resolving certain issues of the post war world The Soviet Union wanted to control areas of Europe and Asia
The Soviets were not allowing Germany to be united In Eastern Europe free elections were not being held and Soviets were establishing communist “satellite states” that Russia controlled The British and US governments feared Soviets taking over the world
The policies said that the US would give money to countries in order to prevent the spread of communism To respond to communists trying to take over Greece It shows that the US government’s main goal was to fight communism and that they would give money so poor countries didn’t turn communist
They were creating a communist v. free conflict The Soviet Union did not accept aid and the countries they controlled could not accept aid The result of these plans led to people starving in Europe, particularly in Berlin Soviets stopped food from being brought in
People feared an eventual armed conflict between the Soviet Union and the US The two groups were alliances The Cold War was becoming global because more than just Russia and the US were involved now