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Chapter 33: Restructuring the

Postwar World, 1945-Present

The United States and the Soviet
Union vie for superiority, and both
countries extend their control over
other nations.

The Red
Teenage Police
Between 1966
and 1976,
students in
Chinas Red
Guard waged a
Revolution on
teachers and
that left a million
people dead
and the country
in chaos.

Red Guards holding

Maos Little Red
Book of his sayings
during the cultural

Cold War Timeline, 1946-1980

33.1 Cold War:

Superpowers Face Off
The opposing economic and political
philosophies of the United States and
the Soviet Union lead to global

Allies Become Enemies

Yalta Conference: A
Postwar Plan

In February 1945, British,

American, and Soviet
leaders meet at Yalta
They agree to divide
Germany into zones of
occupation when WWI
Soviet leader Stalin agrees
to allow free elections in
Eastern Europe

Allies Become Enemies

Creation of the United Nations

June 1945, 50 nations form the United

Nationsan international organization
All members are represented in the General
Assembly; 11 nations are on the Security
Five permanent members have Security
Council veto power

Allies Become Enemies

Differing U.S. and Soviet Goals

U.S. and Soviets split sharply after WWII ends

U.S. is worlds richest and most powerful
country after WWII
Soviets recovering from high war casualties
and had many destroyed cities

Eastern Europes Iron Curtain

Soviets Build a Buffer

Soviets control Eastern European countries

after World War II
Stalin installs Communist governments in
several countries
Truman urges free elections; Stalin refuses to
allow free elections
In 1946, Stalin says capitalism and
communism cannot co-exist

Eastern Europes Iron Curtain

An Iron Curtain Divides East and West

Germany is divided; East Germany is

Communist, West Germany democratic
Iron CurtainWinston Churchills name for
the division of Europe

Churchill, Truman, and Stalin at the Potsdam Conference

Fence alone the East/West Border in Germany

The nations on the

eastern side of the
Iron Curtain were
known as the Eastern

Preserved section of the border between

East Germany and West Germany called
the "Little Berlin Wall" at Mdlareuth

United States Tries to Contain Soviets


ContainmentU.S. plan to stop the spread of


The Truman Doctrine

Truman DoctrineU.S. supports countries

that reject communism
Congress approves Trumans request for aid
to Greece and Turkey

United States Tries to Contain Soviets

The Marshall Plan

Much of Western Europe lay in ruins after

World War II
Marshall PlanU.S. program of assisting
Western European countries
Congress approves plan after Communist
takeover of Czechoslovakia

United States Tries to Contain Soviets

The Berlin Airlift

In 1948, U.S., Britain, and France withdraw forces

from West Germany
Their former occupation zones form one country
Soviets oppose this, stop land and water traffic into
West Berlin
West Berlin, located in Soviet occupation zone, faces
U.S. and Britain fly in supplies for 11 months until the
blockade ends

Divisions of Germany

Divisions of Berlin

Routes of Berlin Airlift

The Cold War Divides the World

The Cold War

Cold-Warstruggle of U.S. and Soviet Union using

means short of war

Superpowers Form Rival Alliances

In 1949, U.S., Canada, and West European countries

form NATO
NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organizationis a
defensive military alliance
In 1955, Soviets and Eastern nations sign the
Warsaw Pact alliance
In 1961, Soviets build the Berlin Wall to separate East
and West Berlin


Warsaw Pact


Non-aligned nations

Warsaw Pact
Note: Federal
Republic of
Yugoslavia is
forced out of the
Warsaw Pact in

The Cold War Divides the World

The Threat of Nuclear War

Soviet Union explodes its first atomic bomb in

U.S. and Soviet Union both develop the more
powerful hydrogen bomb
Brinkmanshippolicy of willingness to go to
the edge of war
Increasing tensions lead to military buildup by
U.S. and the Soviets

The Cold War Divides the World

The Cold War in the Skies

In 1957, Soviets launch Sputnik, first

unmanned satellite. THE SPACE RACE
In 1960, Soviets shoot down American spy
plane (a U-2), increasing tensions

A replica of Sputnik 1

U-2 spy plane similar to the one shot down over the U.S.S.R.

Francis Gary Powers with a model of a U-2 spy plane.

Wreckage of Gary Powers U-2

33.2 Communists Take Power in China

After World War II, Chinese
Communists defeat Nationalist forces
and two separate Chinas emerge.

Communists vs. Nationalists

World War II in China

Mao Zedongleads Chinese Communists

against Japanese invaders
Jiang Jieshi (a.k.a. Chiang Kai-shek)
leads of Chinese Nationalists in World War II
Nationalist and Communist Chinese resume
civil war after WWII ends

Communists vs. Nationalists

Mao Zedong

Jiang Jieshi (a.k.a. Chiang


Communists vs. Nationalists

Civil War Resumes

Economic problems cause Nationalist soldiers

to desert to Communists
Maos troops take control of Chinas major
In 1949, Peoples Republic of China is created
Nationalists flee to Taiwan

The Two Chinas Affect the Cold War

The Superpowers React

U.S. supports Nationalist state in Taiwan,

called Republic of China
Soviets and China agree to help each other in
event of attack
U.S. tries to stop Soviet expansion and
spread of communism in China

The Two Chinas Affect the Cold War

China Expands under the Communists

China takes control of Tibet and southern

India welcomes Tibetan refugees fleeing
revolt against Chinese
China and India clash over border; fighting
stops but tensions remain

The Communists Transform China

Communists Claim a New Mandate of

Chinese Communists organize national

government and Communist Party

Maos Brand of Marxist Socialism

Mao takes property from landowners and

divides it among peasants
Government seizes private companies and
plans production increase

The Communists Transform China

The Great Leap Forward

Communeslarge collective farms often

supporting over 25,000 people
Program is ended after inefficiency leads to
crop failures and famines

The Communists Transform China

New Policies and Maos Response

China and Soviet Union clash over leadership

of communist movement
Strict socialist ideas are moderated, Mao
reduces his role in government
Red Guardsmilitia units formed to enforce
strict communism in China

The Communists Transform China

The Cultural Revolution

Cultural Revolutionmovement to build society of

peasants and workers
Red Guardsgroups of violent and radical youth
close schools and execute or imprison many
In 1968, Chinese army imprisons, executes, or exiles
most Red Guards who have been labeled by the
government Counter Revolutionary.
However, the Cultural Revolution continues until
Maos death in 1976.

Gang of Four

After Maos death, the Gang of Fourthe

radical group that controlled the power organs of
the Chinese Communist Party throughout the
Cultural Revolutionis arrested and judged
responsible for the excesses and chaos that
occurred in China as a result of this revolution.

Life and Death in Shanghai

by Nien Cheng
Born in Beijing, Cheng became a target
of attack by Red Guards in 1966 due
to her management of a foreign firm in
Shanghai, Shell. Maoist revolutionaries
used this fact to claim that Cheng was
a British spy in order to strike at
Communist Party moderates for
allowing the firm to operate in China
after 1949. Her book documents her
amazing courage and fortitude that
enabled her to survive her 6 year

33.3 Wars in Korea and Vietnam

In Asia, the Cold War flares into
actual wars supported mainly by
the superpowers.

War in Korea
A Divided Land

38th parallelline dividing Korea into North

Korea and South Korea

War in Korea
Standoff at the 38th Parallel

In 1950, North Koreans invade South Korea with

Soviet support
South Korea requests UN assistance; 15 nations
send troops
Douglas MacArthurleads UN forces against North
North Koreans controls most of the peninsula when
MacArthur attacks
Half of North Koreas army surrenders, the rest retreat

War in Korea
The Fighting Continues

UN troops push North Koreans almost to

Chinese border
Chinese send 300,000 troops against UN
forces and capture Seoul
MacArthur calls for nuclear attack and is
removed from command
In 1953, cease fire signed and border
established at 38th parallel

War in Korea
Aftermath of the War

North Korea builds collective farms, heavy

industry, nuclear weapons
South Korea establishes democracy, growing
economy with U.S. aid

War Breaks Out in Vietnam

The Road to War

Ho Chi MinhVietnamese
nationalist, later
Communist leader

The Fighting Begins

In 1954, French surrender

to Vietnamese after major
Domino theoryU.S.
theory of Communist
expansion in Southeast
Ho Chi Minh

The War in
Vietnam, 19571973

Note the Ho
Chi Minh Trail
through Laos
and Cambodia

War Breaks Out in Vietnam

VietnamA Divided

Ngo Dinh Diem

International peace
conference agrees on a
divided Vietnam
Ngo Dinh Diemleads
government in South
Vietnamese Communist
guerillas fighting against

Ngo Dinh Diem (1901-1963), President of South Vietnam 1955-1963, with U.S.
President Dwight Eisenhower at National Airport, Washington, 1957. Direct U.S.
involvement in the Vietnam war began in the mid-1950s, when the U.S. took
over the struggle from the French. The Eisenhower administration began by
supporting the Diem regime, and then providing military advisors and increased
support. However, by the end of the Eisenhower term, the U.S. had fewer than
2000 troops in Vietnam. Diem was murdered in a military coup in 1963.

Lyndon B. Johnson, the President

of the United States from 1963 to
1970, makes a public statement on
the Tonkin Gulf incident, August 4,
1964. When North Vietnam was said
to have attacked two U.S.
destroyers, Congress hastily
passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution,
giving the president blanket
authority to take necessary actions
to protect U.S. forces.
Subsequently, there have been
serious questions as to what
actually occurred in the Tonkin
Gulf, but with vastly increased U.S.
expenditures, the war quickly
escalated; by 1969 the U.S. forces
totaled almost 550,000 individuals.
There was much opposition to the
war in the Congress and among the
U.S. people, and Johnson's very
considerable domestic policy
achievements were overshadowed
by the criticism of his war policy.

General William C. Westmoreland,

Westmoreland McGeorge Bundy
and General Kanh of South Vietnam, photographed at
Camp Holloway, South Vietnam, in February 1965. Gen.
Westmoreland commanded the U.S. troops in Vietnam
1964-68; Bundy was special assistant for national security
to President Johnson from 1961 to 1966, and a key
supporter of the Vietnam war.

The United States Gets Involved

U.S. Troops Enter the Fight

In 1964, U.S. sends troops to fight Viet Cong

and North Vietnamese
U.S. fights guerilla war defending increasingly
unpopular government
Vietcong gains support from Ho Chi Minh,
China, and Soviet Union

The United States Gets Involved

The United States Withdraws

War grows unpopular in the U.S.; in 1969,

Nixon starts withdrawing troops
VietnamizationNixons plan to withdraw
U.S. from war gradually
Last U.S. troops leave in 1973; South Vietnam
overrun in 1975

Nixon appeared on television January 23, 1973, to announce

the ceasefire. The agreement ended nearly 12 years of
warfare in which 58,000 Americans had lost their lives. It did
not contain an enforceable plan for the peaceable settlement
of Vietnam's internal problems; within a year, fighting there
had resumed. Eventually, the South Vietnamese government
of Thieu was defeated by the Provisional Revolutionary
Government (PRG) of South Vietnamese communist rebels
and North Vietnamese troops. Even had Nixon wished to
intervene, Congress passed, over his veto, a ''War Powers
Act'' that gave Congress the power to prevent him from acting
without its consent - a consent that Congress would have
been unwilling to extend in 1974 or 1975.

Postwar Southeast Asia

Cambodia in Turmoil

Khmer Rouge
Communist rebels who
take control of Cambodia in
They slaughter 2 million
people; overthrown by
Vietnamese invaders
In 1993, Cambodia adopts
democracy, holds elections
with UN help
Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer
Rouge (Cambodian Communist
Party, literally Red Khmers) in
1977 at the height of his power

Postwar Southeast Asia

The Killing Fields were
a number of sites in
Cambodia where large
numbers of people were
killed and buried by the
Khmer Rouge regime,
during its rule of the
country from 1975 to
1979, immediately after
the end of the Vietnam

Postwar Southeast Asia

At least 200,000 people
were executed by the
Khmer Rouge (while
estimates of the total
number of deaths
resulting from Khmer
Rouge policies, including
disease and starvation,
range from 1.4 to 2.2
million out of a population
of around 7 million).
A commemorative stupa filled
with the skulls of the victims.

Choung Ek
Killing Field:
The bones
of young
who were
killed by

Mass grave in Choeung Ek.

History in Film: The Killing Fields (1984)

The Killing Fields is a 1984
British drama film about the
Khmer Rouge regime in
Cambodia, which is based on
the experiences of three

Cambodian Dith Pran

American Sydney Schanberg
British Jon Swain.

The film won three Academy

Awards, including

Best Supporting Actor for Haing

S. Ngor as Dith Pran.
Sam Waterston from Law and
Order stars in the film as Sydney

Postwar Southeast Asia

Vietnam after the War

Saigon renamed Ho Chi Minh City; Vietnam

united as Communist nation
About 1.5 million people flee Vietnam, some
settling in the U.S. and Canada
In 1995, United States normalizes relations
with Vietnam

33.4 The Cold War

Divides the World
The superpowers support
opposing sides in Latin American
and Middle Eastern conflicts

Fighting for the Third World

More Than One World

Third Worlddeveloping nations; often

newly independent, nonaligned

Cold War Strategies

U.S., Soviet Union, and China compete for

influence over the Third World
They back revolutions and give economic ,
military and technical aid

Fighting for the Third World

Association of Nonaligned Nations

Many countries, like India, want to avoid

involvement in the Cold War
In 1955, Indonesia hosts Asian and African
leaders who want neutrality
Nonaligned nationsindependent countries
not involved in the Cold War

Confrontations in Latin America

Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution

Fidel Castroleads revolt in Cuba against

dictator supported by the U.S.
By 1959, Castro in power, nationalizes
economy, takes U.S. property
In 1961, Castro defeats U.S. trained Cuban
exiles at the Bay of Pigs


Confrontations in Latin America

Nuclear Face-off: the Cuban Missile Crisis

In 1962, U.S. demands removal of Soviet

missiles in Cuba
Soviets withdraw missiles; U.S. promises not
to invade Cuba
Cuban economy is left dependent on Soviet

Confrontations in Latin America

Civil War in Nicaragua

Anastasio Somoza DebayleNicaraguan dictator

supported by the U.S.
Daniel Ortegaleads Sandinista rebels who take
power in Nicaragua
U.S. and Soviet Union both initially support
Sandinistas aid Communist rebels in El Salvador
U.S. helps anti-Communist Contras in Nicaragua to
assist El Salvador
In 1990, Nicaragua holds first free elections,
Sandinistas lose

Anastasio Somoza Debayle

(U.S. supported president of
Nicaragua from 1967-1980)

Daniel Ortega on Time magazine,

March 31, 1986

Confrontations in the Middle East

Religious and Secular
Values Clash in Iran

Shah Reza Pahlavi

Shah Reza Pahlavi

embraces Western
governments and oil
Iranian nationalists
overthrow shah, seize
British oil company
U.S. restores shah to
power, fearing Soviet

Confrontations in the Middle East

The United States
Supports Secular Rule

Shah Reza Pahlavi

westernizes Iran with U.S.
Ayatollah Ruholla
KhomeiniIranian Muslim
leader; lives in exile
In 1978, Khomeini sparks
riots in Iran, Shah flees

Confrontations in the Middle East

Khomeinis Anti-U.S. Policies

Islamic revolutionaries hold

American hostages in Tehran
(1979-1981) for 444 days
Muslim radicals take control in Iran,
increasing tensions with Iraq
Saddam Hussein, fearing the
spread of the Iranian Revolution
into Iraq, attacks Iran.
Iran and Iraq fight an 8-year war;
U.S. aids both sides, Soviets help

Blindfolded American hostages in Iran in 1979.

Confrontations in the Middle East

The Superpowers Face Off in Afghanistan

Soviets invade Afghanistan to help

Communist government against rebels
Muslim rebels fight guerilla war against
Soviets with U.S. weapons
U.S. stops grain shipments to Soviet Union
Soviets eventually withdraw in 1989

33.5 The Cold War

The Cold War begins to thaw as
the superpowers enter an era of
uneasy diplomacy

Soviet Policy in Eastern Europe and China

Destalinization and Rumblings
of Protest

Nikita Khrushchevleader of
Soviet Union after Stalin dies
Khrushchev condemns Stalin;
Soviets and West can peacefully
Citizens of Soviet-controlled
governments begin protesting
Khrushchev sends Soviet military to
put down Hungarian protesters.

Soviet Policy in Eastern Europe and China

The Revolt in

Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet leader after
represses dissent
In 1968, Warsaw Pact
troops block reforms in

Soviet Policy in Eastern Europe and China

The Soviet-Chinese Split

In 1950, Mao and Stalin sign friendship treaty,

but tensions grow
Chinese and Soviets each want to lead world
Khrushchev ends economic aid and refuses
to share nuclear secrets
Soviets and Chinese fight small skirmishes
across border

From Brinkmanship to Dtente

Brinkmanship Breaks Down

Brinkmanship cause repeated

crises; nuclear war a constant
John F. KennedyU.S.
president during the Cuban
Missile Crisis
Lyndon Johnsonpresident
who increases U.S.
involvement in Vietnam

From Brinkmanship to Dtente

The United States Turns to

Vietnam-era turmoil fuels desire

for less confrontational policy
Dtentepolicy of reducing Cold
War tensions to avoid conflict
Richard M. NixonU.S. president
who launches dtente
Dtente grows out of philosophy
known as realpolitikrealistic
politicsrecognizes need to be
practical and flexible

From Brinkmanship to Dtente

Nixon Visits Communist Powers

Nixon visits Communist China and Soviet

Union, signs SALT I Treaty
SALTStrategic Arms Limitation Talkslimits
nuclear weapons

Nixon visiting China

The Collapse of Dtente

Policy Changes

Nixon and Gerald Ford improve relations with

Soviets and China
Jimmy Carter has concerns about Soviet
policies but signs SALT II
Congress will not ratify SALT II due to Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan

The Collapse of Dtente

Reagan Takes an Anti-Communist Stance

Ronald Reagananti-Communist U.S.

president takes office in 1981
Reagan increases military spending and
proposes a missile defense program
In 1985, new Soviet leadership allows easing
of Cold War tensions

President Ronald Reagan at desk. George H.W. Bush

behind him along with several advisors.