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cold war
period of tensions between the us and soviet union
non aligned nations
nations that refused to take side during cold war
iron curtain
symbolic barrier between the free countrys and the communist countries
marshall plan
13 billion dollar in american aid to europe to help rebuild after WWII
truman doctrine
an american policy that said the us had the right intervien anywhere by any means
domino theory
the idea that if one nation falls to communism its neighbors will fall to
Brezhnev doctrine
soviet unions policy to help anywhere to prevent communism from being taken over
NATO
North atlantic treaty orgamization to prevent western europe from being invaded by the soviets
warsaw pact
soviet unions defensive orgamization to protect from easterm europe
cuban missle crisis
soviet union gave nuclear missles to cuba and threatened to use them
sputnik
worlds first man made satilite made by the soviet union
space race
competition between the us and soviets over who would have an advantage in outer space
hungarian revolution
in 1956 young people tried to over throw the soviet occupation it failed
invasion of czechoslovakia
in 1968 czechoslovakia was threatend by reform movements. soviet union came in with tanks.
SALT
strategic arms limitation talks
START
strategic arms reduction talks
Helsinki accords
Soviets agreement to give civil liberties. They didnt follow through with it though
chernobyl
worlds worste nuclear accident. led to more distrust in soviet union.
Glasnost
policy of openness allowing more freedom of speech
perestroika
policy of restructuring the economy
democratia
broader policy of encouraging democracy
boris yeltsin
first democratically elected president of russia since 1917. he was supported by the us.
valdimir putin
former kgb agent who became president in 1999.he is not very democratic
dmitri medvedev
Current president of russia
pope john paul II
encouraged the people of poland to rebel against communism
lech walesa
polish leader of solidarity.
solidarity
trade union that was outlawed in communism poland worked with the catholic church to bring down communism in 1988
vaclav havel
poet and writter who led czlovokia peaceful revolution
nicolae ceausescu
communist dictator of romania ovet thrown and killed in 1989
slobodan milosevic
Leader known as the butcher of the balkins for his policy of ethnic cleansing in yugoslavia.
common market
one of the steps european nations have made from econimic towards political unifacation.
EU
includes most of the nations of europe They use a common currency called a euro european parliment, european court of justice and european chief of executive.