Origins of the Cold War

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Churchill's Iron Curtain speech

1945

Creation of National Security Council, Atomic Energy Commission and CIA

1947

Britain announces end of financial aid to Greece + Turkey - US steps in

1947

March: Truman Doctrine announced

1947

GATT - creating enormous markets for US markets + investment

1948

June: Berlin Blockade (11 months)

1948 - 1949

USSR tests its first atomic bomb (ending US monopoly)

1949

NATO established

1949

Mao Zedong emerged victorious out of chinese civil war - communists

1949

NSC-68 launched - spurred dramatic increase in military spending

1950

Warsaw Pact (as a response to NATO)

1955