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The Domino Theory
First one, and then another, and then
another….
China
O Before World War II, China was
involved in a civil war between
communists and nationalists.
O Which side would America support?
Which side would the USSR support?
O The two sides had to team up to defeat
the Japanese invasion of China
though during the war.
The War and Afterwards
When the war ended, the Chinese
Civil War resumed. The
communists won after three
years.
China officially became the People’s
Republic of China with Mao Zedong as
their leader.
O The Communists
used guerilla
warfare against the
Japanese.
O The Nationalists
had a huge army
and were led by
Chiang Kai-Shek.
Korea and Communism
O Korea had been
controlled by Japan
leading into World War
II.
O When the war ended,
Korea became an
independent nation.
O The question became
would it be democratic
or communist?
“The Domino Theory”
O The Soviet Union
wanted Korea to be a
communist state, while
America wanted it to be
free.
O America was worried
that if Korea became
communist, slowly the
rest of Asia would too.
O Asian countries would
fall to communism like a
stack of dominos.
Containment – Part II
O Because of this fear, containment (what is
that again?) spread from a European focus to
Asia.
O To avoid a war that would engulf America and
Russia possibly, Korea was divided into two
countries: North Korea (communist) and
South Korea (democratic).
A Similar Situation
O A similar thing
happened in Vietnam.
O After World War II, the
Vietnamese fought for
independence from
France.
O The Soviet Union sent
aid to try and make the
country communist
while America backed a
democratic group.
And Elsewhere
O Other countries in Asia like Cambodia and
Laos also were influenced by communist
revolutionaries.
O Overall, though, a communist takeover of
Asia did not occur.

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The domino theory

  • 1. The Domino Theory First one, and then another, and then another….
  • 2. China O Before World War II, China was involved in a civil war between communists and nationalists. O Which side would America support? Which side would the USSR support? O The two sides had to team up to defeat the Japanese invasion of China though during the war.
  • 3. The War and Afterwards When the war ended, the Chinese Civil War resumed. The communists won after three years. China officially became the People’s Republic of China with Mao Zedong as their leader. O The Communists used guerilla warfare against the Japanese. O The Nationalists had a huge army and were led by Chiang Kai-Shek.
  • 4. Korea and Communism O Korea had been controlled by Japan leading into World War II. O When the war ended, Korea became an independent nation. O The question became would it be democratic or communist?
  • 5. “The Domino Theory” O The Soviet Union wanted Korea to be a communist state, while America wanted it to be free. O America was worried that if Korea became communist, slowly the rest of Asia would too. O Asian countries would fall to communism like a stack of dominos.
  • 6. Containment – Part II O Because of this fear, containment (what is that again?) spread from a European focus to Asia. O To avoid a war that would engulf America and Russia possibly, Korea was divided into two countries: North Korea (communist) and South Korea (democratic).
  • 7.
  • 8. A Similar Situation O A similar thing happened in Vietnam. O After World War II, the Vietnamese fought for independence from France. O The Soviet Union sent aid to try and make the country communist while America backed a democratic group.
  • 9. And Elsewhere O Other countries in Asia like Cambodia and Laos also were influenced by communist revolutionaries. O Overall, though, a communist takeover of Asia did not occur.