Cold War Revision Notes (including Berlin Blockade and The Cuban Missile Crisis)

These are just some brief revisio notes which cover the cold war (including Berlin Blockade and The Cuban Missile Crisis). They cover everything you need to know if studying these topic for OCR Modern World History Paper 1. All copyrights go to BBC Bitesize.

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The Cold War
Ideological Differences ­ Stalin & Truman
The US President Roosevelt died in 1945. He was replaced by Truman who was strongly
antiCommunist and, as the war came to an end, the relationship between America and
Russia fell apart.
In 1945, Harry S Truman became president of…

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Yalta and Potsdam Conferences
The Yalta and Potsdam conferences were called to help the Allies decide what would
happen to Europe, and in particular Germany, at the end of the Second World War. This
Revision Bite will help you understand the decisions made at these two important
conferences and the…

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Stalin' power in Eastern Europe
Soviet expansion in Eastern Europe

A map of central Europe showing the
Communist buffer zone. Communist
Countries are shown in green.

Communism in Eastern Europe 1945 ­ 1948:

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The Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan
In 1947, two important events occurred: firstly, President Truman warned the American
Congress that it was America's job to contain Communism this became known as the Truman
Doctrine and secondly, General George Marshall came up with a plan to help Europe recover
from the…

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The Berlin Blockade and Airlift
Summary of the Berlin crisis
How Germany was divided in 1945?
In 1945, the Allies decided to split Germany into four zones of occupation. The capital,
Berlin, was also split into four zones. The USSR took huge reparations from its zone in
eastern Germany, but…

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Causes of the Cuban Missile Crisis
In October 1962 the existence of the world was threatened. Experts examining photographs
of Cuba taken by U2 spy planes saw what they believed to be evidence that the Russians
were building nuclear missile sites in Cuba.
It was the beginning of a confrontation…

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The Cuban Missile Crisis
The threat of nuclear war became increasingly apparent. It was vital that Kennedy and
Khrushchev came to some sort of agreement the future of the world depended on it.


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