Communism & The Cold War

Russia

Vladimir Lenin leads Bolsheviks, then Soviet Union

1917 - 1924

Czar Nicholas abdicates (collapse of Russian Empire)

March 2, 1917

Five Year Plans

1928 - 1991

Planned economy

Dissolution of the Soviet Union

December 26, 1991

China

Collapse of Qing Empire

February 12, 1912

Mao Zedong leads Communist China

1949 - 1976

Five Year Plans

1953 - Present

Planned economy

Great Leap Forward

1958 - 1961

Other Asia

Vietnamese Independence from France

September 2, 1945

US war in Vietnam

November 1, 1955 - April 30, 1975

Thich Quang Duc Self-Immolation

June 11, 1963

Americas

Cuban Independence

1902

Cuban Missile Crisis

October 14, 1962 - October 28, 1962

Western Europe

Nato is founded (US & W Europe)

April 4, 1949

Eastern Europe

Warsaw Pact

May 14, 1955

Lasts until 1991

Protests against communist govs

1968

Worldwide

WWI

July 28, 1914 - November 11, 1918

WWII

1939 - 1945