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The Cold War

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This is the Cold War Lecture for Nilsen's World History class.

This is the Cold War Lecture for Nilsen's World History class.

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  • 1. The Cold War World History: Nilsen
  • 2. The Early Cold War
  • 3. Tensions were high after World War Two.
  • 4. The Soviets and Americans held opposing worldviews.
  • 5. Countries were divided.
  • 6. Nuclear weapons increased tensions.
  • 7. The Cold War in Europe
  • 8. The first confrontation was the Berlin Airlift.
  • 9. The Soviets put down a revolution in Hungary in 1956.
  • 10. The Berlin Wall was built in 1960.
  • 11. The Cold War in Asia
  • 12. Communists took over China.
  • 13. The Korean War was fought over whether Korea would be Communist, too.
  • 14. Communists led a revolution in French Indochina.
  • 15. The Middle Cold War
  • 16. Nuclear Weapons led to tension.
  • 17. The Soviets and Americans were in an arms race.
  • 18. Nuclear weapons were used for deterrence.
  • 19. The premise of deterrence was Mutually Assured Destruction.
  • 20. Cuba was a source of confrontation.
  • 21. Fidel Castro led a Communist revolution in Cuba.
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  • 24. The Bay of Pigs counter-revolution was a terrible failure.
  • 25. The Cuban Missile Crisis was almost nuclear war.
  • 26. America became involved in Vietnam.
  • 27. The U.S. subscribed to the Domino Theory.
  • 28. The Tet Offensive was the turning point of the war.
  • 29. The U.S. left the war in Vietnam.
  • 30. The End of the Cold War
  • 31. The Americans and Soviets engaged in détente.
  • 32. Détente is a reduction of tensions.
  • 33. President Nixon visited China.
  • 34. The countries signed the SALT treaties.
  • 35. Ronald Reagan changed the Cold War dynamic.
  • 36. The Soviets became bogged down in Afghanistan.
  • 37. Reagan increased military spending.
  • 38. Reagan introduced the Strategic Defense Initiative.
  • 39. The End of the Cold War
  • 40. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
  • 41. Eastern Europe rejected communism soon after.
  • 42. The Soviet Union broke apart, ending the Cold War.

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