USA's rise to power from 1944 to the Gulf War


World War II

2 September 1939 - 15 August 1945

Manhattan Project

1942 - 1946

research and development project that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II. It was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada.

Bretton Woods Conference

1 July 1944 - 22 July 1944

The aim was to make financial arrangements for the postwar world after the expected defeat of Germany and Japan. These arrangements played in favor of the USA.
The articles of Agreement of both the World Bank and the IMF are drawn up at this conference.

Dumbarton Oaks

21 August 1944 - 7 October 1944

Recognized the need for a postwar international organization to succeed the League of Nations

Yalta Conference

February 4, 1945 - February 11, 1945

Bombing of Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

To make Japan surrender but also because the project cost a lot of money and the Congress wanted to see resultsof the Manhattan Project.
The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure.
Showed Us power and superiority to the rest of the world +fear

Bombing of Nagasaki

August 9, 1945

Japan still wouldn't surrender, so the US proved they did not only have one bomb, but that they could hurt anyone at any time. Therefore, it consolidated US's power over the world

Creation of the IMF

27 December 1945

The world currency is defined as the American Dollar; headquarters in Washington D.C.

Creation of the World Bank

27 December 1945

Initial aim was to help rebuild European countries devastated by World War II. First Loan: American