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When Nazism died, the US began to quarrel with the Soviet Union on ideological differences.

Truman used "containment" to block out the Soviet expansion, and started with the Truman doctrine, and ended with the fall of the USSR in 1991.


Truman Doctrine

Goal was to block the expansion of Soviet influence over Greece and Turkey. Pledge from Truman that the US would support any group that are rejecting the fascist and totalitarian governments.


The Marshall Plan

American program of providing financial aid to war-torn countries in Western Europe. Greatly increased American influence in Western and Southern Europe.


The NATO Alliance

An alliance made between the United States, Canada, and 10 Western Europe countries to form a defensive military alliance. America would permanently station troops in Western Europe, and ended America's long time streak of isolationism.


The Warsaw Pact

The USSR's response to the creation of the NATO Alliance. Included East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovaki, Romania, Hungary, Albania, and Poland. The cold war was now between the divided Europe of the Warsaw Pact and the NATO Alliance.


The Berlin Airlift

The Soviet Union cut off Western Germany, and the United States staged an airlift to transfer food, fuel, etc to the people of West Berlin. Marked a crucial and successful test of containment.


European Coal and Steel Community

Called for tariff-free trade of coal and steel among France, West Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.


The European Economic Community

Also known as the Common Market. Eliminated trade barriers among its members, which was the driving force of the economic integration in Western Europe. Created by the Treaty of Rome.


Treaty of Maastricht

Transformed the EEC into the European Union.


The Economic Miracle

With the Marshall Plan and the EEC, Europe entered a period of rapid economic growth (West Germany dominated on top).


The Welfare State

Post WWII nations providing welfare to their citizens, such as health care, unemployment, disability, and old age insurance.


Charles de Gaulle

Established the 5th French Republic, and followed an independent course that opposed close ties with America. Some of his policies include:

- Granting full independence to Algeria.
- Withdrawing from NATO and groups of the like.
- Developing French nuclear weapons.
- Opposing Great Britain's entry into the EEC.


New Imperialism

The desire of European nations to extend direct control over other nations, namely in Africa and Asia. Motivations for new imperialism include civilization duty, new sources of raw materials, potential foreign markets.



The process by which colonies gained independence from the imperial powers after World War II.

Reasons for the rapid decolonization include WWII undermining European self confidence and moral justification for imperialism, Europeans barely able to control their own empires let alone overseas ones, and increase in national self-determination in Asia and Africa.


British Decolonization

Britain negotiated an end to Indian imperialism, with the colony being decided into a Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. Israel then engaged in a war with its neighboring states for independence.

This moved onto sub Saharan Africa, first when Ghana was freed with little to no violence.


French Decolonization

France resisted decolonization, unlike Great Britain. Started with the French wanting to reassert control over Indochina, but were defeated by the resisting force of Ho Chi Minh. With Charles de Gaulle, Algeria gained full independence.


The End of Stalin

After WWII, Stalin started another series of new 5 year plans that involved rapid industrialization. He lead another reign of terror that involved absolute obedience, and ended with his sudden death.

Stalin's legacy includes industrialization, expansion into E. Europe, victory in WWII, USSR into a nuclear superpower, at the price of many lives, Gulags, and totalitarian state.

Nikita Khrushchev then took over the USSR.


Nikita Khrushchev

The next ruler of the USSR after Stalin's death. He denounced Stalin's reign of terror in a "secret speech."

Took part in a series of programs that would de-Stalinize Russia.


Khrushchev's De-Stalinization

1. Increasing production of consumer goods.
2. Decreasing power of the Gulags (secret police)
3. Increasing the freedom of writers and intellectuals (lead to the publishing of "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" and "Doctor Zhivago").



Khrushchev of the USSR announced they had successfully launched the Sputnik to circle the Earth. The Sputnik soon became a symbol of the USSR's technological prowess. It also played a major driving force in the space race between the USSR and the United States.


Berlin Wall

In the mid 20th century, many East Germans were fleeing to West Germany, so Khrushchev started to build this wall. While it stopped the refugees from fleeing, it became a symbol of Communist oppression.


The Cuban Missile Crisis

The USSR were constructing nuclear weapons in Cuba, and the United States got the USSR to withdraw their weapons as long as the US did not attack Fidel Castro. This really undermined Khrushchev's credibility and lead to his abdication of power.



The leader that replaced Khrushchev after his removal from power in 1964. Known for his hard-line policies that caused a period of political repression and economic stagnation.


Brezhnev and Czechoslovakia

There was a new communist leader in Czechoslovakia, Dubcek, initiating a series of democratic reforms. Brezhnev got pissed and invaded Czechoslovakia with the other Warsaw Pact countries.

He justified this act with the Brezhnev Doctrine.


Brezhnev Doctrine

Stated that USSR could intervene on the domestic affairs of other Communist nations.



A policy to reduce tensions with the USSR. These two superpowers agreed to limit nuclear arms and expand trade.


Renewed Cold War Tensions

Brezhnev sent a military army into Afghanistan to save an unpopular Marxist regime. This renewed the previous Cold War tensions before the détente.

The Reagan Administration of the US then increased military spending for their armed forces, which caused the USSR to do the same, leading to more economic problems.


Post-Brezhnev Problems

After Brezhnev died, the USSR faced problems:

1. Economic stagnation
2. Political corruption
3. Economic mistakes
4. War with Afghanistan


Mikhail Gorbechev

Replaced Brezhnev as the Soviet Union leader. He inherited many bad problems from Khrushchev's leadership. He then started a series of unprecedented reforms: the Glasnost, Perestroika, and Democratization.



Allowed the soviet citizens to suggest ways to reform their societies.