Cold War time line 1945-1991

Just put together my own time line to help put everything into perspective. Hope it can help others, pretty sure all the information is correct but let me know if there's any corrections to be made. Enjoy!

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Cold War Timeline
Year Event Leaders
1945 End of World War II
- February Yalta Conference
· Agreed on diving Germany and Austria Stalin
· Germany to pay $20m in reparations to allies
· Eastern Europe to have free elections (but didnt happen!)
· United Nations established (Churchill)
· Setting of borders of Poland
- July Potsdam Conference Truman
· Beginning of tensions between US and USSR
· Eastern border of Poland set to River Neisse Stalin
· Carried of Division of Germany and Austria, and their respective capitals
· Defined terms for Japanese Surrender (Churchill / Atlee)
- August US drops bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Truman
1946 Churchills Iron Curtain Speech - call for firmer action against communism,
call for alliance between US and Britain.
Truman Doctrine
1947 · US would send military and economic aid to anti-communist forces as a
form of containment. Stalin
Marshall Plan
· Committed large sums of financial aid to to Europe in recovering from
· Concerns that failure of European economies may result in recession in
US (Atlee)
· Poverty ideal breeding ground for communism
· In practice went to only Western Europe
· Stalins response to Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan
· Coordinate communist parties
1948 Communist coup détat in Czechoslovakia (takeover of government)
- June Berlin Blockade Begins
· East Germany denied Marshall Aid
· All road, rail and canal links with West Berlin were severed
· West responded with Berlin Airlift (food and fuel supplies) Stalin
1949 Berlin Blockade Lifted
- April North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) formed
· Consequence of Berlin Blockade
· Enlargement on Brussels Treaty 1948 (Atlee)
· Alliance of the USA, Canada, and most of Western Europe (total 12)
USSR develops first atom bomb
China becomes communist

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Cold War Timeline
Year Event Leaders
NSC-68 issued by National Security Council Truman
1950 · Saw world in bipolar terms
· made recommendations for direction of US foreign policy
· Emphasis now on more aggressive roll back rather than containment
- February Sino-Soviet Alliance signed
- June Start of Korean War
· Communist forces of North Korea invade capitalist South Korea.…read more

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Cold War Timeline
Year Event Leaders
D é t e n t e b e g i n s
1964 China explodes its first nuclear bomb
1965 USA enters Vietnam war
USSR develops its policy of trying to isolate China by strengthening Brezhnev
its alliance with Mongolia, N. Korea and N.…read more

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Cold War Timeline
Year Event Leaders
T h e c o l l a p s e o f c o m m u n i s m a n d e n d o f t h e C o l d Wa r
1985 Geneva Summit
1986 Reykjavik Summit
· Talks broke down due to SDI
1987 Washington Summit ( T hat c h e r )
· Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) ?
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This is a superb timeline that will assist with learning all the key dates and events of the entire Cold War era. It also includes changes in leadership and divides the information into key stages. Highly recommended.

Caramel man

really helpful, thanks!


Thanks alot highly recommended


This is amazing, thanks! 

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