Cold War Reference Library - Almanac by Sharon M. Hanes

By Sharon M. Hanes

Stretching from the top of worldwide struggle II to 1989, the chilly conflict among the Western powers and the Communist bloc formed nationwide alliances world wide. In 15 chapters, the Almanac treats the ancient reasons of the strain; the mutual suspicions that fueled the clash for greater than forty years; the ideological conflict among communism and democracy; and the guidelines that marked the lengthy standoff -- the Marshall Plan,Truman's element 4 software, the nuclear hands race, fiscal reduction, the Berlin Wall, detente; and masses extra. additionally lined are the days while the chilly warfare burst into armed clash in such parts as Korea, Cuba and Southeast Asia.

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Debate thoroughly the differences in the two systems of government and economies. In reality, both sides believed their system was best. So staunchly defend what you think is right about your respective system. Were there any similarities or common ground in the two systems, or were they hopelessly incompatible? S. government officials and Soviet government officials. Set the debate in the time frame of 1945 to approximately 1949, post–World War II. Remember, the two groups were becoming more distrustful of each other with each passing day.

Khrushchev condemned Stalin for placing his own quest for power above the welfare of the people. Breaking from Stalin’s precedent, Khrushchev called 192 Cold War: Almanac for peaceful competition with the West. S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969; served 1953–61) some hope that tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union could be eased; it even seemed that the Soviets might loosen their hold on Eastern Europe. However, Khrushchev’s speech triggered a dramatic and unexpected outcry against the Soviets by Eastern Europeans.

The death toll was high: Close to thirty thousand Hungarians and several thousand Soviet troops were killed. In addition, over two hundred thousand Hungarians fled into neutral Austria. Many ended up in the United States. The Soviets arrested and later executed Nagy. With Soviet approval, János Kádár (1912–1989) assumed the Hungarian leadership, the beginning of his more than thirty years in power. The Hungarian revolt and resulting massive Soviet response caused major repercussions. The incident weakened Khrushchev’s standing at home.

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