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Cld War03 Begins Web
Cld War03 Begins Web
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Cld War03 Begins Web
Cld War03 Begins Web
Cld War03 Begins Web
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  • 1. The Cold War
  • 2.
    • By 1946 wartime Allies now hostile
      • Distrust so great that US & USSR talked openly of threat of war between the two countries
      • Propaganda war developed w/ each side denouncing policies of the other
      • The term ‘Cold War’ began to be used
      • Cold War lasted from late 1940s to 1991
    The cold War Begins Write your own definition of the term ‘Cold War’ as it might appear in a historical document Mr. Grinch, from the 1966 Dr. Seuss cartoon-story, How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • 3. What point is the cartoonist making about the alliance?
  • 4. Why was the USA so worried about Communism?
    • Wartime alliance due to common enemy, not mutual friendship
      • FDR & S got along well, but not countries
      • < WWII each had distrusted the other greatly
      • US troops sent to fight Reds in Russia (1918-21)
      • Before war US citizens trusted USSR less than Nazi Germany
      • USA appalled @ Nazi-Soviet Pact
      • (E) & US delay @ 2 nd front always angered S
    • Differences too great to be overcome easily
    Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ from their Best Of … album Russia U S A
  • 5. Fact File: USA compared to USSR
    • Democracy: gov’t chosen by the people
    • Capitalist: Businesses & property privately owned
    • World’s wealthiest country, but extremes of rich & poor
    • Americans believed freedom from gov’t control more important than economic or social equality
    • Americans believed other countries should run ‘the American way’
    • Many Americans bitterly opposed to atheist communism
    • Communist one-party state: elections held, but only party candidates could run
    • Economic superpower because of 5-year plans, but standard of living much lower than USA. Still, unemployment low, and extreme poverty almost non-existent
    • Communists believed rights of individuals less important that society as a whole, so OK to tightly control peoples’ lives
    • Soviet leaders believed in Communism
    • Many people in USSR bitterly opposed to ‘decadent’ capitalism
  • 6. Comparisons Elections Industries Individual Rights USSR - Communist USA – Capitalist & Democratic Communist Communist Democrat Republican State-Owned Private Property
  • 7.
    • On the left is a reconstruction of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms poster promoting the causes for which the USA was purporting to fight WWII (you have already seen this)
    … freedom of speech … freedom of worship … freedom from want … freedom from fear Ours to fight for …
    • Which of these freedoms do you think the Soviet Union would also believe in? Explain.
    • Which would it think unimportant? Explain.
    • What might be an equivalent poster (with four freedoms Soviet-style) for the USSR in WWII?
  • 8.
    • Differences existed in 1920s, ’30s w/o Cold War
    • 1940s differences more significant
      • > WWII both were only superpowers left
      • (E), (F), (G) (J) now 2 nd rate powers
    • USA now willing to take on respons-ibilities as only democratic superpower
      • ‘ Til 1930s USA was isolationist … no more!
      • Not willing to repeat mistakes of the past
      • No more appeasement of dictators
      • Every Communist action would meet strong American response
    • ‘ [America] will have to take responsibility for world collaboration or we shall have to bear the responsibilities for another world conflict’
      • FDR to Congress, March 1945, after Yalta
    Why was the USA so worried about Communism? Kate Smith performing God Bless America . To many Americans, she owned this song!
  • 9. Focus Task: How did the USSR gain control of Eastern Europe?
    • It is 1948. As a high-ranking member of the State Department’s Europe Bureau, produce a briefing paper to update President Truman on the situation in Eastern Europe. Your report should mention:
      • The Communist successes in Eastern Europe between 1945 & 1948 and the reasons for them
      • Stalin’s plan for Eastern Europe
      • The methods being used by Stalin to control Eastern Europe
      • Whether you think the USA should be worried and why
    Tears for Fears’ much maligned hit, Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  • 10. Fin
  • 11. PSDs for the Cold War
    • Unless Russia is faced with an iron fist and strong language another war is in the making. Only one language do they understand – ‘how many [army] divisions have you got?’ … I’m tired of babying the Soviets.
      • President Truman, writing to his Secretary of State in January 1946