The Cold War

"Every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies . . . a theft from those who
 hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."



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  • Walter Lippman
  • Clement Attlee
  • Dumbarton Oaks Conference
  • United Nations
  • Yalta Conference
  • San Francisco Conference
  • Potsdam Conference
  • Trizonia
  • Nuremberg Trials
  • GI Bill of Rights
  • Employment Act
  • Taft-Hartley Act
  • Twenty-second Amendment
  • "iron curtain"
  • "containment"
  • George Kennan
  • Nikita Khrushchev
  • "arms spiral"
  • "first strike capability"
  • Truman Doctrine
  • Dean Acheson
  • George Marshall
  • Marshall Plan
  • Berlin Airlift
  • Warsaw Pact
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • "satellite nations"
  • Soviet bloc
  • Organization of American States
  • Southeast Asia Treaty Organization
  • Mao Tse-tung
  • Chiang Kai-shek
  • Charles de Gaulle
  • Hiss-Chambers case
  • Joseph McCarthy
  • McCarran Internal Security Act
  • John Foster Dulles
  • "brinkmanship"
  • "peaceful coexistence"
  • Suez crisis
  • Eisenhower Doctrine
  • "spirit of Geneva"
  • Interstate Highway Act
  • Sputnik
  • U-2 incident
  • Francis Gary Powers
  • Fidel Castro
  • Bay of Pigs invasion
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Thirteen Days
  • Dean Rusk
  • Adlai Stevenson
  • Berlin Wall
  • Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty
  • 17th parallel
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
  • Tet Offensive
  • William Westmoreland
  • Demilitarized Zone
  • Manilla Conference
  • Pueblo incident
  • Paris Peace Agreement
  • "détente"
  • Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Leonid Brezhnev
  • Helsinki Accord
  • invasion of Afghanistan
  • Strategic Defense Initiative
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
  • glasnost
  • perestroika

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy


  • Joseph R. McCarthy: "Card Carrying Communists" Speech at Wheeling, WV (1950)
  • John F. Kennedy: "Quarantine" Speech (1962) & "Ich bin ein
    Berliner" Speech (1963)
  • Ronald Reagan: "Evil Empire" Speech (1983) & "Tear Down this
    Wall" Speech (1987)


1.  In what ways did the Cold War actions of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy,
     and Lyndon B. Johnson maintain the policy of containment developed during
     President Harry S Truman's administration? Cite specific examples.

2.  Describe and contrast the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the North Atlantic
     Treaty Organization, and the Eisenhower Doctrine as devices to achieve American
     objectives in the Cold War.

3.  Discuss the emergence and decline of the post-war wave of anti-Communist hysteria,
     including McCarthyism, citing specific events for each occurrence.

4.  Compare the Cold War philosophies of the United States and the Soviet Union. How
     were these ideologies reflected in the formation and purpose of the North Atlantic
     Treaty Organization and the Warsaw Pact?

5.  Select any three of the following events and describe the impact of each on the Cold
     War—Berlin Airlift; U-2 incident; Bay of Pigs invasion; Cuban Missile Crisis; invasion
     of Afghanistan.

6.  "War has united Americans more closely than any other national activity." Assess the
     validity of this statement by using references to American history during any two of
     the following time periods—1783-1800; 1812-1824; 1865-1877; 1898-1917; 1919-1929;


  1. Following World War II, the United States addressed communism through a general policy known as:
    1. "détente"
    2. "brinkmanship"
    3. "glasnost"
    4. "containment"

  2. The Marshall Plan:
    1. addressed post-war problems primarily in Europe's communist countries
    2. was highly successful
    3. alarmed many European nations
    4. was supported by the Soviet Union

  3. United States foreign policy after 1945 was shaped by:
    1. trade agreements with Europe
    2. cultural exchanges with South America
    3. actions of NATO countries
    4. conflict with the Soviet Union

  4. All of the following nations were charter members of NATO except:
    1. Belgium
    2. Denmark
    3. Norway
    4. Spain

  5. Germany was reunified during the term of President:
    1. Gerald Ford
    2. Jimmy Carter
    3. George Bush
    4. Bill Clinton

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"Eve of Destruction"   by Barry McGuire