Containment

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The USA was anti-Communist, what was its policy of limiting the spread of Communism called?
Containment
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When a Communist government tried to take over in Korea in 1950 what did the USA do?
USA sent troops to help prevent Korea falling to the Communists.
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What was the result?
A stalemate and in 1953 Korea was divided into a Communist north (friendly towards China) and a capitalist south (friendly towards the USA)
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When did Cuba turn communist? Where is Cuba?
Turned Communist in 1959. Cuba is a large island very close to the USA
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What was occurring in the 1960s between the USA and the USSR?
A nuclear arms race, with ever more dangerous nuclear weapons being developed and tested by both sides.
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What did the Soviet leader, Khrushchev send to Cuba?
Nuclear weapons
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What was the concern caused by this?
Much of the world were worried that this might lead to the first nuclear war with dreadful consequences.
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What did President Kennedy do?
He ordered a blockade of Cuba to prevent the weapons arriving and the crisis was averted. Better relations between the leaders followed.
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What as the Domino Theory and who believed in it?
The USA believed in the domino theory — if one country turned Communist then the neighboring countries would follow so they wanted to stop any country turning Communist.
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What happened in Vietnam after the civil war in 1954?
It was divided into a Communist north and a capitalist south but the north, with the help of Communist China, tried to take over the south too.
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What did the USA do?
The USA decided to help the south to resist the threat of the Communist north by first sending money and advisers then combat troops.
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Did they get more involved?
Yes, to the point where hundreds of thousands of US troops were fighting in Vietnam (the US introduced conscription to provide enough soldiers), and thousands were being killed each year.
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Was the US winning this war?
Despite all this investment the US was not winning this war.
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What happened in the end?
The war lost support at home and the USA decided to withdraw from Vietnam and leave South Vietnam to its fate. It finally fell to the Communists in 1975.
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