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1 Chapter 28, Section 1: The Cold War Begins
Main Idea: After WWII, distrust between the US & USSR led to the Cold War.

2 The Cold War [1945-1991]: An Ideological Struggle
US & the Western Democracies Soviet & Eastern Bloc Nations GOAL  “Containment” of Communism GOAL  spread Communism world-wide METHODOLOGIES: Espionage [KGB vs. CIA] Arms Race [nuclear escalation] & Space Race Division of Europe [“Iron Curtain”: NATO (Democratic) vs. Warsaw Pact (Communist)] Competition for Third World peoples [Communist govt. vs. democratic govt.]  “proxy wars”

3 Understanding Capitalism vs. Communism
COMMUNIST THEORY Workers, as a community, own and run all businesses, industry and farms. Economically all people would benefit equally. Socially this creates a classless society with great freedom where all people would be considered equal (everybody is in the “working class”). Promotes cooperation with government- owned businesses. CAPITALIST THEORY Businesses, farms and industry are privately owned by individuals who profit from the sale of goods produced. Individuals pay for the labor based on the efficiency and the skill of the worker. This system creates a social and economic class system (rich, middle & poor). Promotes competition between privately-owned businesses.

4 Communism: From Theory to Practice
Karl Marx publishes the Communist Manifesto, promising a workers’ paradise & creating the Communist theory. Marxism Vladimir Lenin seizes control of agrarian Russia (WWI), imposing limited liberty. Leninism Joseph Stalin takes control of Russia & forces industrialization on the agrarian society. He centralizes power & takes away most freedoms. He takes control of Eastern Block countries Stalinism

5 A. Origins of the Cold War
Growing Distrust Cold War – a state of constant tension between nations w/out actual fighting US & USSR were allies during WWII, but after the war they become bitter rivals for the next 50 years (distrust). USSR (East) = Communism/Socialism vs. US (West) = Democracy/Capitalism Broken Promises The Soviets drove Germany through Eastern Europe during WWII, then left their troops in those countries after the war. These 8 nations became “satellite nations,” with harsh communist dictators controlled by the USSR. The “Iron Curtain” British leader Winston Churchill coined the term “iron curtain” to describe the separation of the communist nations of Eastern Europe from the democratic countries of Western Europe. Expansion (USSR) vs. Containment (US)

6 The Beginning of the Cold War

7 B. The U.S. Responds The Truman Doctrine The Marshall Plan
Truman’s US Cold War policy is called containment, meaning to keep communism from spreading beyond its current borders. The Truman Doctrine Truman Doctrine – The US pledged to help (money & weapons) nations threatened by communist expansion successful in Greece & Turkey ($400mill) The Marshall Plan Marshall Plan – Secretary of State George Marshall feared that the war-damaged countries of Western Europe were vulnerable from weak economies The US pledged over $12 billion to rebuild European economies damaged by WWII, so that they would not turn to communism as a solution to their problems. (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!)

8 Soviet Communist Threat To US & Western Europe Following WWII
Western European Conditions After WWII HUNGER POVERTY DESPAIR May cause Western Europeans to vote leaders into office who would align their country with the Soviet Union, thus causing the spread of communism.

9 The Marshall Plan PURPOSES
Provide Europeans with an attractive option to communism Make the U.S. look good by giving Europeans hope by providing for immediate needs of the people Provide financial opportunities for the U.S. to later trade with European nations Cause Stalin (Soviet Union) to put up a “wall” dividing Europe which aided containment of communism Cause friction between Stalin and satellite countries by forbidding acceptance of U.S. aide Immediate needs include food, clothing and shelter.

U.S. gives grants to Western Europe W. Europeans have money to purchase goods to rebuild W. Europeans continue to trade with the U.S. U.S. companies and farmers sell goods to Europe U.S. economy flourishes W. Europeans rebuild

11 * The U.S. gave over $12 billion in aid to European countries between 1948 and 1952, helping to improve their economies and lessen the chance of communist revolutions.

12 Copies of this picture are found in the first part of the lesson plan.

13 Step on it, Doc! Marshall Plan

14 C. Crisis Over Berlin After WWII, Germany was divided into 4 zones occupied by the US, Britain, France & the USSR. Berlin was also divided, but was located in Soviet zone. 3 zones combined to form the democratic West Germany, while the Soviet zone became East Germany, a communist country. Stalin closed all land routes to West Berlin, cutting it off from the rest of the world so that the USSR could control it. Berlin Airlift The Berlin Airlift – for almost a year, the US flew supplies into W. Berlin to keep it going. Stalin reopened the routes (big psychological victory for the US). Berlin Wall Berlin Wall – Soviets built a wall across the city of Berlin in Aug to prevent East Germans from fleeing to West Berlin, and then West Germany (embarrassing). It will stay until 1989. Soviets send troops & tanks to Czech. in 1968 to end proposals of freedom there.

15 Yalta Conference:2/45 Potsdam Conference: 7/45
FDR wants quick Soviet entry into Pacific war. FDR & Churchill concede Stalin needs buffer, FDR & Stalin want spheres of influence and a weak Germany. Churchill wants strong Germany as buffer against Stalin. FDR argues for a ‘United Nations’. FDR dead, Churchill out as Prime Minister during conf. Stalin only original. The US has the A-bomb. Allies agree Germany to be divided into occupation zones. Poland moved around to suit the Soviets. P.M. Clement President Joseph Atlee Truman Stalin Churchill Roosevelt Stalin

16 Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin
The “Big Three” Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin

17 Occupation zones after 1945
Occupation zones after Berlin is the multinational area within the Soviet zone. In June of 1948, the French, British and American zones were joined into the nation of West Germany after the Soviets refused to end their occupation of Germany.

18 The Division of Germany:1945 -1990
Berlin Blockade & Airlift ( )

19 The Berlin Wall and its crossing points
Total length around West Berlin 91 miles Border between East and West Berlin 27 miles Number of watch towers 302 Number of bunkers 20 Concrete wall height ft



22 The Berlin Wall Goes Up (1961)
Ich bin ein Berliner! (1963) President Kennedy tells Berliners that the West is with them!

23 D. New Alliances Cold War Alliances United Nations
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) – made up of democratic countries from Western Europe & North America (The US & Canada) The Warsaw Pact – made up of communist countries (The USSR & the satellite nations) United Nations United Nations (UN) – new international peacekeeping organization (51 original members) General Assembly - every member Security Council – only certain members Most successful in fighting hunger & disease & improving education Food, medicine & supplies for famine & other natural disasters. Relief in war-torn countries.


25 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (1949)
Warsaw Pact (1955) United States Belgium Britain Canada Denmark France Iceland Italy Luxemburg Netherlands Norway Portugal 1952: Greece & Turkey 1955: West Germany U. S. S. R. Albania Bulgaria Czechoslovakia East Germany Hungary Poland Rumania

26 The Bipolarization of Europe


28 E. 1949: Year of Shocks The USSR successfully tested an atomic bomb in September. The US is no longer the only country with atomic weapons We lost the “upper hand.” Did spies help them? Mao Zedong led the Chinese Communists to victory over Chiang Kai-shek, who was backed by the US, in a Chinese civil war. China is now the People’s Republic of China. Mao’s victory meant that the largest nation in Asia was now communist. Along w/ the USSR, they made up about ¼ of the land on Earth. Even though the communist leaders of China & the Soviet Union often disagreed with each other, this news contributed heavily to Americans’ fears of communist revolutions in other places around the world. Chinese poster saying: "Chairman Mao is the Red sun of our hearts."

29 Growing Interest in China
People’s Republic of China: In the 1940’s, China was embroiled in a civil war. Nationalists Led by Chiang Kai-shek Communists Led by Mao Zedong

30 U.S. gave Chiang Kai-shek millions of dollars, but the communists won the war.
China became a communist country, & Chiang Kai-shek & his forces fled to Taiwan.

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