The Berlin Crisis 1948-1949

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Cause of the Crisis
Arguably the integration of the western zones of Germany
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The Berlin Blockade
18th June 1948, new currency in western zones, Stalin aimed to force a stop, closed off travel links and cut the power
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The Berlin Airlift
26th June 1948, West supplied Berlin by air, by May 2.3 million tonnes of supplies had been delievered
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The nuclear option
August 1948, US moved 60 bombers to Britain (designed to pressure the USSR)
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Stalin gave in...
12th May 1949
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Significance of the Crisis
Proved Western strength, Soviet's seen to be willing to starve people, USSR failed to prevent unification of the west, NATO was created, peaceful resolution showed both sides didnt want to escalate the conflict.
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NATO
1949, provide security for Western Europe
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US aggression
Cold War developed as a result of US asserting its power? Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan.
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The Berlin Blockade

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18th June 1948, new currency in western zones, Stalin aimed to force a stop, closed off travel links and cut the power

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The Berlin Airlift

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The nuclear option

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Stalin gave in...

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