15 - The Cold War (Essentials)

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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
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George KennanThe State Department official who developed the policy of containment.George MarshallAmerican Secretary of State who proposed using American money to rebuild Europe. He believed that if countries had a strong economy they would be less likely to fall to communism.NATOAlliance that includes the United States, Canada, and most of the nations of Western Europe as well Greece and Turkey. It was created to counter the threat of the Soviet Union.Warsaw PactThe collective security agreement that was the answer to NATO. It included the Soviet Union and most of Eastern Europe.Mao ZedongLeader of the Chinese communists. He became the first leader of mainland China after the communist takeover.Douglas MacArthurAmerican hero of WWII in the Pacific. He had led the occupation of Japan and was commander in the Korean War until he was relieved by President Truman for insubordination.Kim Il-SungFirst leader of communist North Korea.Kim Jong-ilSecond leader of North Korea from 1994-2011Kim Jong-unThird leader of North Korea from 2011 to the present.John F. Kennedy (JFK)Democratic president from 1961-1963. He was president during the Cuban Missile Crisis.Lyndon B. JohnsonVice president for John F. Kennedy and president from 1963-1968.Fidel CastroCommunist leader who led the Cuban Revolution in 1959.Alger HissAmerican diplomat who had advised Roosevelt at Yalta and was involved in the creation of the United Nations. He was denounced as a communist during the Red Scare. He was convicted but evidence of his guilt is inconclusive.Julius and Ethel RosenbergJulius Rosenberg was scientist who gave nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. He and his wife Ethel were tried, convicted and put to death during the Red Scare.Joseph McCarthySenator who became famous as an accuser during the Red Scare. He rarely presented evidence and was eventually discredited.RedsDerogatory nickname for communists.Hollywood 10A group of ten Hollywood writers, producers and directors who were accused of being communist. They refused to answer questions from HUAC and were blacklisted.Dr. Henry KissingerNational Security Advisor to President Nixon. He believed in realpolitik and was instrumental in the negotiations with the Soviet Union and China that were part of the détente policy.Ronald ReaganAmerican president from 1981-1989. He abandoned détente and supported a more confrontational stance toward the Soviet Union based on an ideological view of the conflict. In his second term he began negotiating with Gorbachev and is credited with helping end the Cold War.Kennedy's Inaugural AddressPresident Kennedy's speech in 1961 and occasion of some of his most famous statements.We Choose to Go to the MoonSpeech by JFK in 1961 in which he challenged America to send a man to the moon before 1970.McCarthy's 205 CommunistsMcCarthy claimed to know of 205 communists working in the State Department during a speech in 1950. He never provided evidence but his claim and subsequent Senate hearings made him famous.Atoms for PeaceA speech given by President Eisenhower in 1953 (and the government programs that followed) that encouraged the civilian use of nuclear technology.Eisenhower's Farewell AddressTelevised address by departing President Eisenhower in 1961 shortly before Kennedy took office. Eisenhower warned of the dangers of all-or-nothing thinking and the growing influence of a military industrial complex.Evil Empire Speech1982 speech by President Ronald Reagan in which he condemned communism and the Soviet Union calling it an "Evil Empire."Tear Down This Wall1987 speech by Ronald Reagan in West Berlin in which he challenged Gorbachev to open the Iron Curtain.CapitalismAn economic system in which people are free to make choices about how to spend money, where to work, etc.Free Market EconomyAnother term for capitalism.CommunismAn economic systems in which the government controls all production and distribution. In theory, everyone works and everyone shares.Collective SecurityAn agreement between nations in which they agree to treat an attack on any member of the agreement as an attack on all members.StalemateA situation in war in which neither side is able to win.ProliferationThe spread of weapons, especially nuclear weapons to multiple countries.Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)The situation in which both the United States and Soviet Union could destroy one another in a nuclear exchange. Because starting a war meant assured destruction, no side would start the warMilitary Industrial ComplexPresident Eisenhower's term for the relationship between the military, weapons manufacturers, and lawmakers who allocated funding for weapons systems.Missile GapA perceived lack of ICBMs compared to the Soviet Union. There was actually no gap, but the public became concerned with Senator Kennedy repeatedly used the term to stoke fear during his 1960 presidential campaign.RealpolitikPolicies based on practical rather than moral or ideological goals.Proxy WarsWars that were not fought between the United States and Soviet Union. However, the superpowers supported either side and the wars were viewed as a stand-in for real face-to-face conflict.Strategic Air CommandThe organization in the American military responsible for America's nuclear bombers and missiles.Apollo ProgramNASA program to develop the technology to send a man to the Moon.Peace CorpsA group of young American volunteers who travel to developing nations to provide support and help spread goodwill.Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)America's spy agency.House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)Special committee formed by members of the House of Representatives to investigate communists in the United States. Future president Richard Nixon was a member of the committee and they investigated the Hollywood 10.Yalta ConferenceFebruary 1945 meeting between President Roosevelt, Josef Stalin, and Great Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill to make agreements about the post-WWII world.Potsdam ConferenceA conferences in July and August 1945 between President Truman, Josef Stalin and Great Britain's Clement Attlee in which the leaders agreed to divide Germany into four zones of occupation.DecolonizationThe process by which former colonies in the Third World gained independence from European powers in the first few decades after WWII.Berlin AirliftOperation mounted by the United States and Great Britain to supply West Berlin by air when Stalin cut off the city's land access in 1948-1949. The Airlift was a success despites tremendous obstacles and the city was saved from communist takeover.1960 Presidential ElectionElection between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon. Kennedy won in a close popular vote.Kennedy-Nixon DebatesThe first televised presidential election debates.Cuban RevolutionCommunist overthrow of Batista's Cuban government in 1958, led by Fidel Castro.Bay of Pigs Invasion1961 attack by anti-communist Cuban exiles who had been trained ty the CIA in an effort to start a revolution against Castro. The invasion failed and Kennedy refused to support the invaders.Cuban Missile Crisis13-day standoff in 1962. The Soviet Union had placed nuclear missiles in Cuba and Kennedy demanded that they be removed. It was the closest the world every came to nuclear war.Second Red ScareThe period in the late 1940s and early 1950s when the fear that communists were infiltrating America drove wild accusations and political investigations.McCarthyismAnother term often used for the Second Red Scare which refers to the unfounded accusations common of the time.Nixon's Visit to China1972 visit by President Nixon to the People's Republic of China. This visit officially reopened the diplomatic relationship between the PRC and the US and the US recognized the PRC government as the representatives of China at the United Nations.Iran-Contra ScandalPolitical scandal in 1986 in which officials in the Reagan Administration illegally sold weapons to Iran and used the money to support the Contras in Nicaragua. The scandal called into question Reagan's ability to manage the day-to-day operations of government.Reykjavik Summit1985 summit between President Reagan and Gorbachev held in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was one of five meetings between the two leaders. At their meeting, they agreed to eliminate all nuclear weapons but their advisors made them reverse this pledge.Tiananmen Square Massacre1989 confrontation between pro-democracy activists and the communist government in Beijing, China. After protesters occupied Tiananmen Square in the center of the city the government ordered the military to break up the protest resulting in hundreds, possibly thousands of deaths.Fall of the Berlin WallThe demonstrations and reverse of East German policy in November, 1989 that led to the opening of crossing points between East and West Berlin, and the subsequent destruction of the Berlin Wall by the people of Berlin.Reunification of Germany1990 joining of East and West Germany. The East German government ceased to exist and the capital of Germany was moved from Bonn to Berlin.1991 CoupAttempt to overthrow the Soviet government of Gorbachev by hard line leaders and generals in August 1991. It failed when the military refused to follow orders from the coup leaders. Gorbachev was returned to power but was weakened, leading to the breakup of the Soviet Union.Fall of the Soviet UnionDecember 25, 1991. The various republics of the Soviet Union became independent nations and the Soviet government and communism in the former Soviet Union ceased to exist. This was the final end of the Cold WarUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)The official name of the Soviet Union.Third WorldThe traditionally poorer regions of the world including Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia.Iron CurtainThe division between Eastern and Western Europe marking the separation between the communist and free worlds.Berlin WallA wall built by the East German government in 1961 to prevent people from escaping to West Berlin. It became a symbol of the division between the free and communist worlds.BerlinCapital city of Germany. After WWII it was divided. West Berlin was a small enclave of freedom surrounded by Soviet-dominated East Germany. The city was the site of many standoffs and physical manifestations of the Cold War.People's Republic of China (PRC)The official name of communist mainland China.Republic of China (ROC)The official name of non-communist Taiwan.38th ParallelThe line of latitude that divided North and South Korea before the Korean War. The current boundary still roughly follows the 38th Parallel.Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)The three-mile wide strip of land that marks the boundary between North and South Korea.IsraelNation in the Middle East created in 1948 largely by Jews who escaped the Holocaust. It is a strong ally of the United States but has a violent history with its Arab neighbors.ContainmentThe policy of preventing the spread of communist but not trying to eliminate it where it already existed.Truman DoctrinePresident Truman's plan to implement containment and use American money to support countries that were in danger of falling under communist domination.Marshall PlanThe plan to use American money to rebuild Europe. It was intended to prevent the spread of communism by demonstrating that a free market system would be the path to prosperity.Domino TheoryAmerican belief that if one nation fell to communism its neighbors would soon follow.Flexible ResponseKennedy's policy of having more conventional (non-nuclear) weapons so that the United States could use military power without resorting to a nuclear attack.Partial Test Ban Treaty1963 treaty banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, under water and in space.Nuclear Non-Proliferation TreatyA treaty signed in 1968 by all but four countries in the world. Nations promise not to acquire nuclear weapons (if they don't already possess them) and in exchange they may use nuclear technology for civilian purposes.SALT I & SALT IITreaties signed between the United States and Soviet Union in 1972 and 1979 agreeing to reduce the number of nuclear warheads in their arsenals.Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty1972 treaty between the United States and Soviet Union agreeing to limit the development of missiles that could intercept incoming ICBMs.Helsinki Accords1975 agreement between the major nations of the Free and Communist Worlds. It guaranteed respect for boundaries, thus cementing the communist takeover of Eastern Europe, but also committed nations to respect human rights.DétenteA policy of engaging the Soviet Union in negotiations used by Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter in the 1970s. It assumed that the end of the Cold War was not imminent so negotiation rather than confrontation was the best policy.