The Cold War

By: Amani Jorgensen 4/15/15

The Iron Curtain

The Iron curtain was a political, military, and ideological barrier. It was placed by the Soviet Union. Put there after World War II to seal off itself and it’s dependent eastern and central European allies from open contact with the West and non-communist areas.


It is a foreign policy practice where one or both parties practice in which one or both parties force the interaction between them to the threshold of confrontation in order to gain an advantageous negotiation position over the other.

The case of missiles in Cuba in 1962 was based off Brinkmanship. It started a crisis throughout. It created tense relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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United Nations

The League of Nations was an obvious failure, so after the United Nations was created. This was a second attempt to create an efficient security system. This system would once again fail because during The Cold War the world was practically divide into two. The primary reason for the UN during the Cold War was peacekeeping.
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Truman Doctrine

The Truman Doctrine was the idea that the United states should help and support countries being threatened by the Soviet Union and communism. This was the first step to the Containment Policy.

38th Parallel

Japan surrender in August of 1945, this was the time that the 38th parallel was created. It was the boundary between the Soviet and American occupation zones. The line was chosen by U.S. military planners. It's the line of latitude 38 degrees North.

Cultural Revolution

Mao Zedong, China Communist leader at the time, launched what later became known as the Cultural Revolution. He did this in order reassert his authority over the Chinese government. The revolution continued in many phases until Zedong's death.

The Great Leap Forward

The Great Leap Forward started in 1958. This was Mao Zedong's attempt to modernize China's economy. He wanted an economy that threatened America. He targeted industry and agriculture.

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Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan was put in place to help Europe. The United States donated $120 billion dollars. This money was suppose to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II.

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