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Specifically to Mr. Sullivan's Worlds History class.

Free World

made up of countries with non-communist governments

the East

the Soviet Union, China, and other communist countries of Eastern Europe and Asia

the West

the United States, Great Britain, France and other democratic nations

nonaligned nations

countries remaining neutral in the Cold War -- India, Sweden, Switzerland, and various African and Asian nations

arms race

competition between communist and Free World nations -- especially the Soviet Union and the United States -- to develop powerful new weapons


a policy of political, economic, and military pressure to restrict the spread of communism

Iron Curtain

the Soviet Union's tight control over travel and communication between Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe and the Free World

limited war

a small-scale war without nuclear weapons that involves just one are of the world

Space Race

the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union for superiority in space exploration and communication


the countries of Eastern Europe that came under the control of the Soviet Union after World War II


ideas spread by one side in the Cold War to support its own policies or to criticize the other side's actions and beliefs

Radio Free Europe

broadcasts supporting democratic principles ad ideals transmitted to people living behind the Iron Curtain

Peace Corps

American volunteers who helped disadvantaged people in underdeveloped countries of the world


a time of improved relations between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1970's

peaceful coexistence

the two sides in the Cold War decide to cooperate in areas such as space, trade, education; and science

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