North Atlantic Treaty Organization 1949; an alliance made to defend one another if they were attacked by any other country; US, England, France, Canada, Western European countries
An alliance between the Soviet Union and other Eastern European nations. This was in response to the NATO
constructed by the German democratic republic, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin
This period of time following World War II is where the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as superpowers and faced off in an arms race that lasted nearly 50 years.
Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung)
Chinese communist leader who won over China in 1949 (after WWII) and setup the People's Republic of China, a Communist government. He was supported by China's peasant population.
The irregular combat in which a small group of combatants use military tactics in the form of ambushes and raids (hit and run tactics) to combat a larger, formal army
Chinese Cultural Revolution
Mao Zedong's Communist reform to change social, political, and economical ways in China
Great Leap Forward
Economic policy of Mao Zedong introduced in 1958; proposed industrialization of small-scale projects integrated into peasant communes; led to economic disaster; ended in 1960.
a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
Deng's Four Modernizations
Plan with changes in agriculture, industry, science and defense. Some free market ideas; government took some part of the business and business owners could sell the rest.
Site in Beijing where Chinese students and workers gathered to demand greater political openness in 1989. The demonstration was crushed by Chinese military with a massacre