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2 Origins of the Cold War Origins of the Cold War SS6H7 The student will explain conflict and change in Europe to the 21 st 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

3 A 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 government –US believed that businesses should be privately owned

4 Post-WWII Europe (1945) Western Europe and America are alarmed by Soviet advances in Eastern Europe –Many 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.

5 Prime Minister Winston Churchill addresses the condition in Europe in 1946

6 “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 Europe The imaginary line separating the two was called the “Iron Curtain”

7 The “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

8 Division of Germany End of WWII, Allies divided Germany into 4 sections to keep it from regaining power –US, Great Britain, France, & Soviet Union each controlled a section 1948: Western Allies wanted to reunite Germany, but Soviets disagreed –Soviet section became “East Germany” and the reunited sections became “West Germany” –Berlin was also divided into East & West

9 Post-War Germany

10 Your Task Read “It’s Cold Out There!” and “The “Iron Curtain” Falls” Complete Map Skills – graded class work

11 A 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 erupt This time it could be a nuclear war, which could destroy the entire planet Countries began to form alliances to protect themselves…

12 NATO 1949: 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


14 The Warsaw Pact What was the Warsaw Pact? –an alliance of the Soviet Union and its communist satellite nations Why was it formed? –to counter NATO –an anti-Western military alliance Why “Warsaw”? –Warsaw, Poland was the city where the treaty was signed Satellite 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.


16 As the Cold War continued, more countries allied with each side The US and USSR had the ability to influence world events and project worldwide power The countries were evenly matched…

17 Soviet Union Had a permanent seat on the UN Security Council Influenced other communist countries and dictatorships around the world Occupied the largest country in the world, 3 rd largest population, & the 2 nd largest economy Had military and space technology, a worldwide spy network (the KGB), & one of the largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons in the world

18 United States Also had a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, as well as strong ties with Western Europe & Latin America 4 th most populated country Had 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

19 What 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 zones –American, British, French, and Soviet The 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.


21 Berlin 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…


23 Berlin Airlift What’s an airlift? –a system of carrying supplies into West Berlin by plane –Day and night, British and American pilots flew in tons of food, fuel, and raw materials. How long did it last? –11 months The 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.



26 The Berlin Wall Berliners hated living under communism Luckily, West Berlin and freedom were just across the street –About 3 million people fled to West Berlin looking for political freedom and better lives –The East German government wanted it to stop In 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.

27 1961 – Berlin Wall Built



30 U. S. President Ronald Reagan speaking at the Brandenburg Gate In West Germany

31 The Cold War Ends! In November 1989, the Berlin Wall was torn down Germany began the process of reunifying People celebrated East and West Germany were made one country in 1990

32 The Soviet republics that had once been separate countries began seeking their independence The Soviet Union was no more Many countries were created from the former Soviet Union Russia was the largest


34 Cold War Summary: Soviet & Eastern Bloc Nations US & the Western Democracies GOAL  spread world- wide Communism GOAL  “Containment” of Communism How’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

35 The Wall Comes Down!

36 Credits Original presentation retrieved from wall#history-rocks-the-berlin-wall wall#history-rocks-the-berlin-wall A map of the breakup of the Soviet Union.. IRC, Discovery Education. Web. 18 September Speeches From History: Winston Churchill. Prod. WPA Film Library. WPA Film Library, Discovery Education. Web. 18 September The Soviet Union Chronicles: Prod. Aims Multimedia. Aims Multimedia, Discovery Education. Web. 18 September Speeches from History: Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union. Prod. WPA Film Library. WPA Film Library, Discovery Education. Web. 18 September Reading passages and map activity from Carole Marsh/Gallopade International. pages 142 –

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