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Cold War Global

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Cold War Nonviolent conflict between the Soviet Union and their allies and the United States and their allies. Numerous secondary conflicts arise due to the Cold War.
Containment Policy of the United States to prevent the spread of Communism.
détente A policy during the Cold War which was aimed at relaxing tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. The policy calls for increased diplomatic activity.
Glasnost A policy of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev which called for more openness with the nations of West, and a relaxing of restraints on Soviet citizenry.
Gorbachev, Mikhail (1931- ), leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. His policies of Perestroika and Glasnost, which aimed at revitalizing the Soviet Union contributed to the downfall of communism.
Iron Curtain A term popularized by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to describe the Soviet Union’s policy of isolation during the Cold War. The figurative Iron Curtain isolated Eastern Europe from the rest of the world.
Korean War A war between North Korea, which was supported by both the Soviet Union and communist China, and South Korea, which was supported by the United States. The war occurred between 1950 and 1953 and ended in an armistice and original borders.
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an international defense alliance between the United States, Great Britain, and others formed in 1949 as a response to the spread of communism.
Perestroika A policy of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to revitalize the Soviet economy by opening it up to more free enterprise.
Sputnik Soviet satellite put into orbit around Earth in 1957. It was the first man made satellite put into orbit.
Vietnam War The war was between the United States and the communist forces of North Vietnam, as the U.S. was attempting to keep South Vietnam free from communism. The North Vietnamese eventually won, forcing the United States to withdraw.
Warsaw Pact An international defense alliance between the Soviet Union and many of its Eastern European satellite states as a response to NATO. Formed in 1955.
Created by: CMallhotra