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Cold War

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Charles de Gaulle
French general and statesman who became very popular during World War II as the leader of the Free French forces in exile (1890-1970)
Marshal Tito
Yugoslav statesman who led the resistance to German occupation during World War II and established a communist state after the war (1892-1980)
De-Stalinization
social process of neutralizing the influence of Joseph Stalin by revising his policies and removing monuments dedicated to him and renaming places named in his honor
Imre Nagy
Hungarian Communist Party leader who attempted to end association with the USSR which lead to the 1956 Hungarian revolt.
Prague Spring
was a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia during the era of its domination by the Soviet Union
"Brezhnev Doctrine"
Soviet Union and its allies had the right to intervene in any socialist country whenever they saw the need.
People's Republic of China
Communist government of mainland China; proclaimed in 1949 following military success of Mao Zedong over forces of Chiang Kai-shek and the Guomindang.
politburo
the chief executive and political committee of the Communist Party
Five-Years Plan
Name of each of the series of programs adopted by China development of the national economy in which levels of agricultural and industrial production were determined and administered by ministries of the central government.
Détente
relaxation of tensions between the United States and its two major Communist rivals, the Soviet Union and China
SALT
negotiations between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons
Viet Cong
Communist guerrillas in South Vietnam
Vietnamization
President Richard Nixons strategy for ending U.S involvement in the vietnam war, involving a gradual withdrawl of American troops and replacement of them with South Vietnamese forces
Taliban
a group of fundamentalist Muslims who took control of Afghanistan's government in 1996
Watergate
Nixon's political scandal involving abuse of power and bribery and obstruction of justice
Gorbachev
Soviet statesman whose foreign policy brought an end to the Cold War and whose domestic policy introduced major reforms (born in 1931)
uskorenie
Mikhail Gorbachev tried to implement a policy of "acceleration," or
perestroika
a policy initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev that involved restructuring of the social and economic status quo in communist Russia towards a market based economy and society
glasnost
a policy of the Soviet government allowing freer discussion of social problems
KGB
formerly the predominant security police organization of Soviet Russia