M.A.D.: Mutually Assured Destruction. THE COLD WAR. 1922: The Soviet Union was Created. WW II: Stalin Signs “non-aggression” treaty with Hitler (Western Countries DO NOT Trust Stalin and the U.S.S.R.
August 23, 1939. News of the Pact stunned the world and paved the way for the beginning of World War Two with Hitler assured the Germans would not have to fight a war on two fronts.
“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe.”
Truman and Marshall felt deeply about the responsibility that the United States had in aiding other countries against communism, stating,
“I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures. I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way. I believe that our help should be primarily through economic and financial aid, which is essential to economic stability and orderly political processes.”
The Hungarian Uprising: 1956 Germany is divided
Imre Nagy, HungarianPrime Minister
On May 1, 1960, a U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers was shot down in the Soviet Union. This event had a lasting negative impact on U.S. - U.S.S.R. relations.
“Prague Spring” (1968) Germany is divided
Former Czech President, Alexander Dubček
Communism with a human face!
1989-1991 Germany is divided:Perestroika (restructuring) Glasnost (openness)INF Treaty: Intermediate Nuclear Forces START Treaty: Strategic Arms Reduction Talks