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1Origins of the Cold WarSS6H7 The student will explain conflict and change in Europe to the 21st century.b. Explain the impact of WWII in terms of the Holocaust, the origins of the Cold War, and the rise of Superpowers.c. Explain how the collapse of the Soviet Union led to the end of the Cold War and German reunification
2A Difference In Opinion 1945—the beginning of a long period of distrust & misunderstanding between the Soviet Union and its former allies in the West (particularly the US)Soviet Union believed a powerful central government should control the economy as well as the governmentUS believed that businesses should be privately owned
3Post-WWII Europe (1945)Western Europe and America are alarmed by Soviet advances in Eastern EuropeMany Europeans and Americans believed that the communists were trying to take over the world!March Winston Churchill warns of the “Iron Curtain” of Soviet totalitarianism.
4Prime Minister Winston Churchill addresses the condition in Europe in 1946
5“The Iron Curtain”Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin placed most of the Eastern European countries under communist control“Eastern Bloc”The United States led the Western Bloc countries of Western EuropeThe imaginary line separating the two was called the “Iron Curtain”
6The “Iron Curtain”From Stettin in the Balkans, to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lies the ancient capitals of Central and Eastern Europe Sir Winston Churchill, 1946
7Division of GermanyEnd of WWII, Allies divided Germany into 4 sections to keep it from regaining powerUS, Great Britain, France, & Soviet Union each controlled a section1948: Western Allies wanted to reunite Germany, but Soviets disagreedSoviet section became “East Germany” and the reunited sections became “West Germany”Berlin was also divided into East & West
9Your Task Read “It’s Cold Out There!” and “The “Iron Curtain” Falls” Complete Map Skills – graded class work
10A Nuclear War Each side thought the other was trying to rule the world Neither side would give up, people lived in fear that another world war would eruptThis time it could be a nuclear war, which could destroy the entire planetCountries began to form alliances to protect themselves…
11NATO1949: Western European countries, Canada, & US formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)Each nation in NATO believed the Soviet Union would not attack western Europe if the U.S. would launch nuclear war in return
13The Warsaw Pact What was the Warsaw Pact? Why was it formed? an alliance of the Soviet Union and its communist satellite nationsWhy was it formed?to counter NATOan anti-Western military allianceWhy “Warsaw”?Warsaw, Poland was the city where the treaty was signedSatellite nation?Satellite nations are nations that are dependent upon a stronger power.The Soviet satellite nations were Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and East Germany.
15As the Cold War continued, more countries allied with each side The US and USSR had the ability to influence world events and project worldwide powerThe countries were evenly matched…
16Soviet Union Had a permanent seat on the UN Security Council Influenced other communist countries and dictatorships around the worldOccupied the largest country in the world, 3rd largest population, & the 2nd largest economyHad military and space technology, a worldwide spy network (the KGB), & one of the largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons in the world
17United StatesAlso had a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, as well as strong ties with Western Europe & Latin America4th most populated countryHad powerful military support from NATO, the largest navy in the world, bases all over the world, the CIA, and a large reserve of nuclear weapons
18What about Berlin?During the Cold war, there were many “hot spots” (areas of extreme tension)The earliest hot spot was Berlin.At the end of World War II, Germany was divided into four occupation zonesAmerican, British, French, and SovietThe Soviets controlled the eastern part of Germany, the western countries controlled the western part of Germany.The capital Berlin, deep within Soviet-controlled territory, was also divided into four occupation zones.
20Berlin Blockaded!In June 1948, the Soviets blockaded all land and water traffic into western Berlin hoping to make Britain, France, and America leave the city. --(Remember Berlin was in East Germany which the USSR occupied.)In response, the United States and Great Britain began an airlift…
22Berlin Airlift What’s an airlift? How long did it last? a system of carrying supplies into West Berlin by planeDay and night, British and American pilots flew in tons of food, fuel, and raw materials.How long did it last?11 monthsThe airlift is over. Now what?Germany officially becomes two countries with two governments.Bonn becomes the capital of West Germany.East Berlin becomes the capital of East Germany.West Berlin remains a democratic stronghold, surrounded by communism.
25The Berlin Wall Berliners hated living under communism Luckily, West Berlin and freedom were just across the streetAbout 3 million people fled to West Berlin looking for political freedom and better livesThe East German government wanted it to stopIn August 1961, East Germany built a 103 mile wall between East and West Berlin.Guarded by Soviet troops, it became a symbol of the split between western and eastern Europe.
33Soviet & Eastern Bloc Nations US & the Western Democracies Cold War Summary:Soviet & Eastern Bloc NationsUS & the Western DemocraciesGOAL spread world-wide CommunismGOAL “Containment” of CommunismHow’d They Do It?:Espionage (KGB vs. CIA)Arms Race (nuclear weapons)Competition for the minds and hearts of Third World peoples (Communist govt. & command economy vs. democratic govt. & capitalist economy)NATO vs. Warsaw Pact
35CreditsOriginal presentation retrieved fromA map of the breakup of the Soviet Union.. IRC, 2005. Discovery Education. Web. 18 September 2011. <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>.Speeches From History: Winston Churchill. Prod. WPA Film Library . WPA Film Library , 2004. Discovery Education. Web. 18 September 2011. <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>.The Soviet Union Chronicles: Prod. Aims Multimedia. Aims Multimedia, 1993. Discovery Education. Web. 18 September 2011. <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>.Speeches from History: Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union. Prod. WPA Film Library . WPA Film Library , 2004. Discovery Education. Web. 18 September 2011. <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>.Reading passages and map activity from Carole Marsh/Gallopade International. pages 142 – 145.