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What did the 'Big Three' agree at the Yalta Conference?
Febuary 1945, the big three agreed that germany would split into four. The Soviet Union would join the war against Japan. Countries in Eastern Europe whould hold free and fair elections for new governments.
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The Potsdam Conference July-August 1945...
Truman became US president. Soviet armies had by now occupied Easter Europe.Stalin wanted to punish and weaken Germany. Truman told Stalin about a new weapon- but kept the atomic bomb secret!
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What was the Iron Curtain?
By 1948 there was an iron curtain, soviet and american leaders were regularly talking about the threat of war between them. Arms were increasing, rather than a second world war, propaganda war was developing which people were calling the Cold war.
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The Truman Doctrine 1947...
By 1947 Britain was in deep financhal crisis.They became involved in a civil warbetween monarchists and communists in greece-which they couldnt actually afford. Truman payed for the troops to stay in Greece.
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The Truman Doctrine 1947 2...
The Truman Doctrine made it clear that all Nations could look to the US for support to maintain freedom and showed that the USA would take a world role in opposition to the Soviet Union.
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Was the USA to blame for the Cold War?
Churchil and Roosevelt bribed Stalin with vague promises of a 'sphere of influence'. Trumans suspicion of communism was importaint. He thought the soviet union wanted to take over western europe.
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Was the USA to blame for the Cold War 2?
The USA kept knowledge of the Atomic Bomb from the russians- this was a threat to the Soviet security. Economic polocies in Western Germany threatened the communist East through the return of prosperity.
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Was the USSR to blame for the Cold War?
Stalins suspicion of capitalism was importaint. Russia was invaded by Western powers- stalin was determined to create real security by controlling Eastern Europe. Stalin broke his promises of 'free and fair' elections in Eastern Europe.
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Was the USSR to blame for the Cold War 2?
Stalin caused the berlin crisis by cutting of supplies. The diplomatic posture of the Soviet Union was antagonistic to the West. Large number of soviet troops remained in east europe threatened the west.
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The nuclear arms race... 1945
USA- Atom bombs droped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. USSR- Concern at the secrecy and implied threat to the USSR.
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The nuclear arms race... August 1949
USA- Concern in the USA, since the early detonation was partly the result of spying. USSR- detonated its first atomic bomb.
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The nuclear arms race... 1951
The US Strategic air command identified 6000 potential targets in the USSR. 1952- First hydrogen bomb 1000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb. 1953 USSR detonated its own h-bomb.
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The nuclear arms race... March 1954
USA Developed a hydrogen bomb that was small enough that it could be dropped from a bomber. September USSR dropped a hydrogen bomb from a bomber.
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The nuclear arms race... July 1956
U-2 Spy plane from the USA was developed to spy on the USSR. May 1957- USSR made an intercontinential ballistic missile, oct- sputnik satellite orbited earth. Could be used to guide missiles.
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The nuclear arms race... January 1958
First US satellite orbited earth.
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The nuclear arms race... 1961
USSR- April, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth: first man in space. October, Explosion of the H-bomb was more powerful than all the explosives used in the second world war.
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