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What is a Cold War?

• A cold war is a state of conflict between nations

that does not involve direct military action but is
pursued primarily through economic and political
actions, acts of espionage or conflict through
surrogates. The surrogates are typically states
that are "satellites" of the conflicting nations, i.e.,
nations allied to them or under their political
influence. It might also mean giving military aid
(such as weapons or economical aid, or perhaps
even soldiers) to lesser nations oppressed or in
guerilla war with the opposing country of a cold
The Cold War
• U.S. and Soviet
Union had diff. goals
and ideologies (ways
of thinking about
things), this causes a
Cold War
• U.S. is Democratic
and Capitalist.
• Soviet Union was a
Dictatorship and
Democracy vs. Dictatorship

• Democracy • Dictatorship
- A form of - A government
government in controlled by one
which power is person or a small
held by people group of people.
under a free
electoral system.
Capitalism vs. Communism
• Capitalism – • Communism –
Economic system Economic idea that
based on private the community as
ownership of the a whole should
means of production own all property
and distribution, and and run all
characterized by
business and
profit, a free
market, and open
East and West Germany
• Germany was divided
into 4 sectors, and 2
• Soviet Union
controlled East
• The U.S, France, and
Great Britain
controlled West
Sectors of Berlin
Berlin Airlift
The Berlin Airlift
June 27, 1948 to May 12, 1949
• The Soviets made no determined effort to
disrupt the airlift. There are 2 likely
reasons for this.
– 1st - The Soviets saw no need to interfere
with the airlift at first, because they believed it
would fail.
– 2nd - Disruption ran serious risks of triggering
a war.
Atomic Bomb Threat
August 1949
• Soviets exploded their • Nagasaki
own atomic bomb – In a split second,
• Truman developed even Nagasaki's population
dropped from 422,000 to
more powerful nuclear 383,000. Over 25,000
weapons for national people were injured.
• Hiroshima
– At 0816 hours, in an
instant, 66,000 people
were killed and 69,000
injured by a 10-kiloton
atomic explosion.
• The Soviets were dominating Eastern
Europe with communism, and the U.S.
wanted to stop them.
U.S. adopts 2 policies:
• 1st - Containment(1947) – stop the
spread of communism, or contain it.
– 2nd - Truman Doctrine(1947) – U.S. would
give money to countries to help them fight
• North Atlantic • Warsaw Pact –
Treaty Organization Alliance between the
(NATO) – Military Soviet Union and
alliance with U.S. and Eastern European
11 other countries to nations (Stalin
help defend each controlled)
other in case of
Communism on the Home Front
• Red Scare – Americans were fearful of
Communists living in U.S.
• McCarthy’s Campaign
– Senator Joseph McCarthy blamed the spread of
communism on the presence of traitors within the U.S.
– McCarthy made serious accusations without proof and
destroyed many lives.
– In 1953 he declared that there were communists in the
military and he was removed
Korean War
• The U.S. gains
possession of Korea
after WWII from
• The U.S. and Russia
partition Korea (38th
parallel) like they did
with Germany and
– Russia controls North
– The U.S. controls
South Korea
Cold War Becomes Hot
• War in Korea
– North Korea invades
South Korea
– The U.S. did not want
another country to be
– June 27, 1950 – U.N.
members met to
support South Korea
– General Douglas
MacArthur led U.N.
forces into South
• North Koreans
driven out of
South Korea at
one point, and
North Korean
• Chinese came
in from the
North and
drove the U.N.
forces out.
• July 27, 1953, 2
sides signed cease
fire agreement, war
ended in stalemate
• MacArthur wanted
ground and air
attacks on China,
Truman refused,
MacArthur lost his
position after
speaking out against
End of Korean War
• After three years of
fighting 2 countries
remained divided by
38th parallel
• Today
– North Korea is a
– South Korea is a
Capitalist Democracy
Americans Fearful
• U.S. was afraid the
Soviet Union might
use Cuba as a base
to attack the U.S. and
spread Communism
into Latin America.
(U.S. policy of
Conflict With Cuba
• January 20, 1961 –
John F. Kennedy
became president
• He wanted to help
Latin America
become Democratic,
especially Cuba.
• Cuba is 90 miles from
Bay of Pigs Invasion
• April 1961 – Kennedy Fidel Castro
sent some 1500
Cuban exiles into the
Bay of Pigs
(Southwest coast of
• Castro’s forces
attacked them =
• 1200 invading exiles
captured, the rest
Berlin Wall Erected
• August 13, 1961 – East German workers
started building Berlin Wall
– 27 miles dividing East and West Berlin
– Kennedy sent 1500 troops to West Berlin to
– Berlin Wall remained standing, the U.S. did
not want war.
Cuban Missile Crisis
• 1961 – Soviet Union
sending increased
numbers of military
personnel to Cuba
• Summer 1962 –
Soviets started
arming Cuba with
missiles , Soviets said
missiles were to
protect country from
future invasions
• September 1962 – • Pictures showed
Kennedy warned installation of nuclear
Soviet Leader missile launching
Khrushchev not to pads with enough
place missiles in range to hit major
Cuba that could Southeastern cities.
attack U.S. targets
– Khrushchev denied
anything being there
– U.S. spy planes took
photos proving
• October 22, 1962
• Kennedy demanded
Khrushchev remove
– U.S. would attack the
Soviet Union if they
fired missiles
anywhere in Western
– Kennedy ordered the
U.S. navy to surround
Cuba and stop Soviet
ships. (U.S. Blockade)
• The Soviets removed
missiles, and the U.S.
promised not to
invade the island.
• November 22, 1963 –
assassinated by Lee
Harvey Oswald –
Lyndon Johnson
takes office.
• Soviets and Cubans
worried they’re
Vietnam War
• The U.S. intervened
to stop the spread of
communism into
South Vietnam
(Domino Theory)
U.S. Position
• President Eisenhower
developed the
“Domino Theory” – if
Vietnam fell to
Communism, the U.S.
believed all of
Southeast Asia would
fall like dominoes
(China and North
Korea already did)
U.S. Involvement in Vietnam
• Communists within • South Vietnam was a
South Vietnam – Democracy led by
Vietcong – tried to Ngo Dinh Diem, who
take over the country ended up being killed
with help from the and South
North Vietnamese Vietnamese
– North and South government officials
Vietnam divided by took over
• U.S. had been sending supplies to South
• August 2, 1964 – U.S. destroyer attacked
in Gulf of Tonkin (off Vietnamese coast)
• August 7, 1964 – U.S. government
passed Tonkin Gulf Resolution –
President Johnson given power to take
• March 1965 – 1st U.S. combat troops
arrived in South Vietnam (Operation
Rolling Thunder – series of air attacks
meant to destroy war industries in North
Vietnam – it didn’t work)
Home Front
• Americans were
divided over whether
the U.S. should be
involved militarily in
End of the Vietnam War
• 1973 – the U.S. pulled
out of Vietnam
• Vietnamization – U.S.
trained South Vietnamese
to carry on fight without
• 1975 – City of Saigon fell
to North Vietnam
• South Vietnam
• Vietnam became a
End of the Vietnam War
• The conflict ended in a ceasefire
Costs of the War
• Over 58,000
Americans died
• 303,000 wounded
• Veterans who came
home were spit upon
and called baby killers
• Veterans suffered
post-traumatic stress
syndrome, they saw
things in war that
emotionally damaged
End of the Cold War
• 1985 Mikhail • November 1989 –
Gorbachev came to large group of pro-
power in the Soviet democratic activists
Union and pushed for began tearing down
reforms to move them the Berlin Wall
closer to democracy. • October 1990 – West
• One by one Soviet and East Germany
Republics declared were reunited
independence • 1991 – Breakup of the
• East Germans were Soviet Union into
able to leave their independent countries