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Cold War I

Cold War Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Cold War An era of high tension and bitter rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union in the decades following World War II
Iron Curtain Term coined by Winston Churchill in 1946 to describe an imaginary line dividing Communist countries in the Soviet bloc from countries in Western Europe during the Cold War
Truman Doctrine (1947) U.S. President Truman’s pledge to provide economic and military aid to countries threatened by communism
Marshall Plan (1947) Plan for the economic reconstruction of Europe after World War II
Containment The United States policy adopted in the 1940s to stop the spread of communism by providing economic and military aid to countries opposing the Soviets
Berlin Airlift (1948–1949) A program in which the United States and Britain shipped supplies by air to West Berlin during the Soviet blockade of all routes to the city
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization; a defensive military alliance of twelve Western nations formed in 1949
Warsaw Pact A military alliance of the Soviet
Arms Race Competition between nations to gain an advantage in weapons
Sputnik (1957) The first artificial satellite; launched by the Soviet Union
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