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The Cold War. A Bi-Polar and Dangerous World 1945-1991. Origins. Historical Antagonisms Ideological Differences Fractures in the Great Alliance Problem of Perception—events “confirmed” the worst. End of World War II. Yalta Conference Death of FDR Potsdam Conference Division of Germany

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The Cold War

A Bi-Polar and Dangerous World

1945-1991


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Origins

  • Historical Antagonisms

  • Ideological Differences

  • Fractures in the Great Alliance

  • Problem of Perception—events “confirmed” the worst


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End of World War II

  • Yalta Conference

  • Death of FDR

  • Potsdam Conference

  • Division of Germany

  • Elections

  • Need for security—understandable paranoia


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Division of

Germany


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Evolving Strategies

  • Collective Security—Eastern Europe—Warsaw Pact

  • Western Europe—NATO

  • George Kennan—Containment

  • Truman Doctrine

  • Berlin Airlift

  • Arms Race: “Super” and Missiles



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Cold War Become Global

  • Mao and China

  • Korean War

  • Vietnam

  • 3rd World

  • Cuban Revolution



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“Temporarily divided at the

17th parallel, Vietnam became

a quagmire—the Iraq of U. S.

policy in the 1960s



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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz

(1926- )

Cuban Revolution spurred fear of

Communism in Western Hemisphere


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Key Episodes (1950-1981)

Berlin Blockade

Hungarian Uprising

U-2 Spy Plane

Espionage—Joe McCarthy

Cuban Missile Crisis

“Détente”

Re-escalation in late 1970

El Salvador and Nicaraugua


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Sputnik—1957

Apollo 11—1969

Taking the Cold War to

space


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Ideology and mortality

Star Wars

Nationalities and economic problems in Soviet Union

Glasnost

Perestroika

Arms Reduction Treaties

Collapse of Berlin Wall


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Collapse of Berlin Wall, 1989.

Boris Yeltsin during 1991 Coup


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