Presentation on theme: "The Cold War, 1946-1953 Libertyville HS. Cold War in Europe, 1948-53 Marshall Plan had “saved” Western Europe Contest shifted eastward – Greeks won their."— Presentation transcript:
Cold War in Europe, 1948-53 Marshall Plan had “saved” Western Europe Contest shifted eastward – Greeks won their civil war – Italians defeated Communist party in elections, 1948 – Soviet coup in Czechoslovakia, 1948 – Berlin Blockade, 1948-49
The Berlin Blockade First major crisis of Cold War Berlin made up of four sectors Allies merged theirs into Western Berlin, started redeveloping area Stalin instituted a 15 month blockade of food, materials, and supplies (1948-49) US, RAF airlifted 2.3 million tons of food, supplies on 278,000 flights to Berlin 1 Flight Every 30 Seconds!!!
Formation of NATO, Warsaw Pact April 1949: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formed – Defense pact among western nations Soviets formed “Warsaw Pact” in 1955, in reaction to West Germany joining NATO
The Soviets Get The Bomb Soviets had been working on atomic weapons since 1930s Problem: getting enough uranium, inefficiency of leaders Post WW2, Stalin gave program highest priority Exploded first bomb in 1949 –E–Espionage helped Soviets avoid mistakes (Rosenbergs) First Soviet test explosion, 1949 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, post-conviction
Chinese Revolution and SEATO 1949: Mao Tse-Tung defeated US backed government, est. Communist government Soviets recognized new Chinese government US formed Southeast Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO) in response Containment thus “Expanded” to include Latin America, Asia. Africa Founding members in purple
Korean War (1950-53) Korea divided at end of WWII – North communist (Kim Il-Sung) – South democratic (Syngman Rhee) – Each leader intent on bringing whole peninsula under their system – North Capitol: Pyongyang – South Capitol: Seoul
Korean War 6/25/50: North invaded across 38 th parallel – UN condemned action – US promised military support – North advanced quickly; South military disintegrated – “Pusan Perimeter” Douglas MacArthur appointed UN commander – Based in Japan – 19 nations contributed troops
Korean War Inchon Landing (9/15/50) – “End Run” around North – Surprise, successful – threatened to trap North’s army, in South UN forces pursued North across 38 th parallel – Captured Pyongyang – North’s army disintegrated
Korean War Chinese intervention – Chinese concerned about invasion by UN across Yalu River – 11/1/50: 250k Chinese “volunteers” attacked UN troops in North Korea – Pushed UN troops across 38 th Parallel – Truman fired MacArthur!!! 1951-53: StalemateStalemate July 27, 1953: armistice signed, ending war, after Stalin died – “DMZ”
Nuclear Weapons, 1950s Nuclear (fission) bomb (“Atomic bomb”) – Dropped on Hiroshima, Nagasaki – Least “technical” bomb to build – Yield = 500 kt (500,000 tons of TNT) Hydrogen (fission + fusion) bomb – Thermonuclear device – Developed 1952 in US, 1955 USSR – Yield = sky’s the limit (largest detonated = 50 megatons, or 50 million tons of TNT)
1950s Cold War Nuclear Strategy US strategy –S–Strategic in nature (massive response, against Soviet cities) –B–Based on jet propelled bomber fleet (until 1960s) USSR strategy –L–Limited strategic use b/c of technical limitations (until ICBMs developed, in 1957) –C–Conventional war would follow –A–Anticipated use of tactical (battlefield) nuclear weapons against enemy troops in Europe Bomber tracks from USSR, 1951
US Reaction to Nuclear Weapons Public wanted to feel safe Fallout shelters – Protection against “fallout” (radioactive debris) in case of nuclear attack – Usually built underground or of special materials (lead, etc) Education of kids – Schools taught kids how to survive an attack – “Duck and Cover”Duck and Cover
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