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FOREWORD
· Hello, and welcome to a series of powerpoints that surround the issue of the `Origins
of the Cold War'. I hope you find these slides, and this PowerPoint helpful for the
History exam later in this month.
· Be wary, this may only be relevant to those who are doing the OCR exam
· The information on these slides may not be as detailed as your teachers may have
done, as these are just revision slides which are targeted to helping you achieve the
best grades and recalling important information.…read more

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WHAT WAS THE `COLD WAR'?
The `Cold War' commonly refers to the period after the 2nd World War (1945) to the
end of the 20th century.
The `Cold War' was a battle of ideology, a battle for supremacy, a battle for power and
authority between the United States and the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics.)
As neither side fought each other directly, the `Cold War' has the prefix of being `Cold'.
Instead, the two superpowers fought by proxy (meaning that they let other countries
and events do their fighting for them.)…read more

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THE COLD WAR: CONFLICTS BETWEEN
IDEOLOGIES
· The USSR, or the Soviet Union held the political belief of communism. Communism is
a theory, which was developed by Karl Marx. It is based around the concept of
equality, suggesting that everyone should be treated fairly and equally, with the
government controlling everything and enforcing this equality.
· On the other hand, the USA held the economic belief of capitalism and the political
belief of democracy. Capitalism is an economic theory that is based around `laissez-
faire' and the idea that people should work for themselves and earn what they work
towards. The government's role in economy is limited, as it is up to the people to
work for themselves.…read more

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THE ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR: KEY FIGURES
· The Soviets
Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924)
Joseph Stalin (1878-1953)
· The Americans
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
Harry S Truman (1884-1972)
George F Keenan (1904-2005)
George Marshall (1880-1959)
· The British…read more

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THE ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR: KEY EVENTS
November 1917- The Bolshevik/October Revolution
November 1917- 1922- The Russian Civil War
December 1943- The Tehran Conference
Late 1944- The delay of the opening of the 2nd Front
February 1945- The Yalta Conference
July-August 1945- The Potsdam Conference
August 1945- The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
I've summarised the dates with their month and
5th March 1946- Winston Churchill's `Iron Curtain' Speech
their year, this will help you memorise them
30th March 1946-1949- The Greek Civil War quickly as you don't need the dates. Apart from
the date of the Iron Curtain Speech and the
March 1947- Harry S Truman: The issuing of the Truman Doctrine
Greek Civil War.
July 1947- John F Keenan's `Long Telegram'
April 1948- George F Marshall: The issuing of the Marshall Plan…read more

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Comments

NZLHistory

This powerpoint contains a great deal of detail on the events leading up to the outbreak of the Cold War, with analysis and evaluation sections. Useful for all exam boards, not just OCR.

TheLiterary

Thank you, I've re-uploaded the resource as a .ppt presentation for ease of access. I'm shocked this was teacher recommended! 

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