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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)


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.


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.


relaxation of tensions between the United States and its two major Communist rivals, the Soviet Union and China


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


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


a group of fundamentalist Muslims who took control of Afghanistan's government in 1996


Nixon's political scandal involving abuse of power and bribery and obstruction of justice


Soviet statesman whose foreign policy brought an end to the Cold War and whose domestic policy introduced major reforms (born in 1931)


Mikhail Gorbachev tried to implement a policy of "acceleration," or


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


a policy of the Soviet government allowing freer discussion of social problems


formerly the predominant security police organization of Soviet Russia

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