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1 Topic: Origins of the Cold War: Who was responsible? Do Now: “The Cold War was not a great ideological struggle between Communism and Democracy. It was based on Realpolitik. That is, it was caused due to both nations desire to spread their influence and control to other nations and regions.” Defend or Refute this statement

2 Roots of the Conflict Europe and Asia ravaged by warfare Europe and Asia ravaged by warfare US and USSR as superpowers US and USSR as superpowers FDR did not have “clear plan” for post-war world FDR did not have “clear plan” for post-war world –UN created –Nuremberg Trials Yalta Conference Yalta Conference –Germany split into 4 occupation zones –East Europe as a “buffer zone” for USSR –Stalin promises free elections in East Europe…?

3 The Iron Curtain: Europe (The World?) Divided The German Question The German Question –US refuses Reparations –Germany split in two –West Ger & East Ger –Berlin Airlift (1948) West vs. East West vs. East –Containment Policy (Truman & Kennan) –East Europe as Soviet “satellite states” –NATO vs. Warsaw Pact –Marshall Plan (1947) –Truman Doctrine (1947) –1949: USSR develops Atomic Bomb Cold War in Asia Cold War in Asia –Japan “democratized” by US –1949: China becomes Communist –Domino Theory –Korean War (1950-1953)

4 Conclusion Who do you think was responsible for starting the Cold War? Explain your reasoning… Who do you think was responsible for starting the Cold War? Explain your reasoning…


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