A 1-The Cold War USSR (russia) vs us-class one, Adjunct Professor Joe Boisvert


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Talks about major issues of the Cold War especially deals with Nuclear Issues that made the Cold War so scary and dangerous. Dicussion of the Nuclear Weapons Stockpile. Course Prepared by Adjunct Professor Joe Boisvert, Gulf Coast State Colege

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A 1-The Cold War USSR (russia) vs us-class one, Adjunct Professor Joe Boisvert

  1. 1. Why Was the Cold War so Scary?<br />On the Right Graph of Nuclear Weapons Stockpiles<br />The Cold War USSR (Russia) vs.the United States (Over View)<br />GCC Encore Fall 2011 Class One <br />Adjunct Professor Joe Boisvert<br />
  2. 2. Cold War Started at End of WW2<br />The war ended with the total victory of the Allies over Germany and Japan in 1945. World War II altered the political alignment and social structure of the world. The United Nations (UN) was established to foster international cooperation and prevent future conflicts<br />
  3. 3. Major Players During the Cold War<br />Joseph McCarthy Strong Anti Communist<br />FDR Died at end of WW2<br />
  4. 4. Major Players During Cold War<br />Dwight D Eisenhower<br />Churchill, Truman, Stalin – Potsdam Conference<br />
  5. 5. Cold War Players<br />John F. Kennedy – Berlin – Cuban Missile Crisis<br />Reagan/Gorbachev:<br />
  6. 6. Roosevelt Was Taken in by Stalin<br />In the course of events including Big Three conferences, Roosevelt was focused on defeating Germany and was somewhat taken in by Stalin’s personality <br />Whereas Churchill looked beyond the defeat of Germany and to the containment of Communism.<br />
  7. 7. What was the Soviet-American relationship in World War??<br />Answer The Soviet-American relationship in WWII was more of a "Shot Gun Wedding" in that neither side trusted the other, but both sides needed each other to defeat Hitler's Germany. <br />Officially and in propaganda relations were very warm. And when American and Soviet troops linked in Germany they kissed and hugged each other like brothers.<br />
  8. 8. End of WW2 US and USSR had same size Army<br /> in the Field – USSR Suffered Many More Causalities <br />USSR War Deaths - 8,806,453 to over 10,500,000 and over 23,000,000 when you include Civilians - Total USSR Army 168,524,000 <br />
  9. 9. US War Deaths - WW2 started in 1939. <br />The U.S. joined in 1941. When the war ended in 1945, roughly 416,800 American military personnel had lost their lives around 1700 US civilians lost their lives. <br />Total US Army 131,028,00<br />
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  11. 11. “Iron Curtain" established by USSR over Eastern Europe<br /><ul><li>US announced Truman Doctrine to contain Communism all over the world. US commenced aid to Greece and Turkey.
  12. 12. US commenced Marshal Plan aid to war-torn Europe in 1948. Soviets refused to cooperate.
  13. 13. W. European economy began to recover, while E. European economy stagnated.
  14. 14. Foundations built for prosperity in the Western economy.
  15. 15. "Brain drain" through Berlin threatened E. European economy. Soviets tried but failed to re-open Berlin treaty arrangements which divided the city into occupied sectors.
  16. 16. blockaded Berlin, they build the Berlin Wall. US and West countered with a successful airlift to W. Berlin.</li></li></ul><li>
  17. 17. Reasons for Cold War<br />The United States Developed the Atomic Bomb<br />The United States and The Soviet Union Emerged from WW2 as the Major Superpowers <br />Stalin Occupied Eastern Europe and took everything back to USSR <br />Stalin Occupied Eastern Germany including much of Berlin<br />Hatred and Suspicion on Both Sides<br />All lesser powers greatly weakened by the war.<br />
  18. 18. Confrontation in Europe:<br />Perceptions of a military threat:<br />(1) US has a monopoly on atomic weapons, continues nuclear testing, and targets Russian cities.<br />(2) Soviets maintain largest army in the world, occupying Eastern Europe. Soviets Develop Atomic Bomb 1949<br />b. Once the war was over, each distrusted the other and further agreements were very difficult. (1945-1946) – Reality Neither can Attack the Other With Conventional Military <br />
  19. 19. Why We Could Not Have Full Out War With the USSR<br />
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  21. 21. US Tanks Faced Off in Europe Against Soviet Tanks During Cold War<br />US Tanks After WW2<br />
  22. 22. Russians Tanks Pour into Berlin<br />
  23. 23. US Tanks Face off Against Soviet Tanks 1961 Check Point Charlie - Berlin<br />
  24. 24. Berlin Confrontation Before the Wall<br />
  25. 25. Rusting T-62 Soviet battle tanks sit in a battle tank Grave Yard<br />
  26. 26. The Soviet Union and the United States emerged as rival superpowers, setting the stage for the Cold War, which lasted for the next 46 years. <br />
  27. 27. Soviet empire 1960<br />
  28. 28. Reagan and Gorbachev hold discussions<br />