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Top Eleven Topics from Chapter 30. 1. Most of the world divides up between the US (tend to be democracies) and the USSR (dictatorships). Warsaw Pact (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance – COMECON) 1955. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) 1949. U.S. Philosophy of Containment.

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1 most of the world divides up between the us tend to be democracies and the ussr dictatorships
1. Most of the world divides up between the US (tend to be democracies) and the USSR (dictatorships)
u s philosophy of containment
U.S. Philosophy of Containment

“Like apples in a barrel infected by disease, the corruption of Greece would infect Iran and all the east. . . likewise Africa. . . Italy. . . France. . . .Not since Rome and Carthage had there been such a polarization of power on this earth”

-- U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson

european economic community
European Economic Community


6 members


9 members


10 members


12 members

8 class structure becomes less divided
8. Class structure becomes less divided
  • Greater accessibility of college gives more people educational opportunities
  • Service industry greatly expanded (more white collar than blue collar)
  • Government programs redistributed wealth: welfare, pensions
  • Most people could afford appliances and cars
  • Most people could afford vacations
9 women demand more rights students demand respect
9. Women demand more rights, students demand respect
  • More women in the workforce, where they faced discrimination
  • Demanding equal pay, maternity leave, day care, right to divorce, legalized abortion, protection from and prosecution of rape
  • Students living a very different lifestyle (sex, drugs and rock n’ roll) but demanding respect as adults (there are a lot of people in the generation, it is the baby boom)
10 1970s bring economic difficulties
10. 1970s bring economic difficulties
  • US spent too much (Marshall Plan, welfare programs, Korean and Vietnam wars)
  • OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) embargoed oil sales to the US when the US supported Israel in the Yom Kippur war of 1973
  • Austerity measures