Cold War 1941 - 1989
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Cold War 1941-1989
conflict between the Soviet Union and the U.S. carried on by political and economic means instead of direct military confrontation.
United States policy to stop the spread of communism.
the easing of tensions between the United States and a communist nation.
Eisenhower's theory that allowing one country in a region to fall under communist control would cause the others in that region to do the same thing.
Military Industrial Complex
term coined by Eisenhower to describe the informal alliance between key military, governmental and corporate decision makers in the profitable weapons procurement and military-support system; Eisenhower warned of their influence in his presidential farewell address.
Mutually Assured Destruction
a philosophy that kept the super powers from bombing each other because each side had the ability to annihilate the other.
a local military action without declaration of war; against violators of international peace and order.
country dominated politically and economically by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
South Vietnamese rebels who supported communist government of North Vietnam.
Nixon's policy to gradually withdraw United States troops from Vietnam while training the South Vietnamese to take more responsibility for their own defense.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
U.S. President at the end of the Korean conflict, ordered CIA to begin planning secret invasion of Cuba to overthrow Fidel Castro, leading to Bay of Pigs disaster.
General Douglas MacArthur
General who led United States and UN troops in the Korea War. He wanted to use Atomic bombs against China and Korea's neighboring countries to end the conflict. He was fired by Truman.
U.S. President during Berlin Airlift and who called for United Nation's (UN) support of South Korea in 1950.
Ho Chi Minh
Communist leader of Vietnam 1954-1969; his government aided the rebels in South Vietnam who were trying to overthrow the anti-communist government there
Communist leader of Cuba 1959 - ; allowed the Soviet Union to place nuclear weapons on the Island in 1962 leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
John F. Kennedy
U.S. President during Bay of Pigs invasion and missile crisis in Cuba: sent military advisors to aid South Vietnam in their conflict with North Vietnam.
Lyndon B. Johnson
U.S. President that escalated American military involvement in Vietnam.
Won control of China in a civil war I 1949; communist leader of China 1949 - 1976.
Soviet leader during construction of Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Richard M. Nixon
U.S. President who ended U.S involvement in Vietnam; established détente with China and the Soviet Union.
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