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Iron Curtain

1945

The Iron Curtain was the boundary that separated communist Europe from the democratic Europe. We were very glad to welcome East Germany into our Soviet control. We are very glad to also be in control of half of the capital of Berlin. We decided to call the part of Germany that we control, German Democratic Republic.

Containment

1945

Containment was a policy that was adopted Harry Truman. It was when the US tried to stop the spreading of communism and made it so the Soviets couldn't advance. This is upsetting that the US would do that to us, just so that our communist ways of life wouldn't spread to everyone in the world. I mean communism is pretty good in my opinion.

Domino Theory

1945

This was the idea that if a nation falls under communist control, other nations will also fall under communist control. The citizens of the USSR dont see why thats a problem! Communism isnt that bad especially when the Soviet Union is the one thats in control!

Yalta Conference

1945

This was the meeting, where our beloved leader Stalin, the US president, and the leader of Britain met together. They agreed to divide Germany. Stalin agreed to go to war with Japan. He also allowed everyone in eastern germany to have free elections! yay! But churchill predidcted that stalin would only keep his plan if it benefitted russia. Dang right it better benefit us!

Brinkmanship

1945

This is a policy of threatening to go to war in response to any enemy aggression. This lead to us and the US going into an arms race for weapons. We obviously won that race because we could have taken the US down with the number of Nukes we have.

Potsdam Conference

1946

The leaders, Truman, British leader, and Stalin all met together and decided on everything they talked about at Yalta. We only agreed because we were going to make things go our way, or to benefit us.

Marshall Plan

1948 - 1951

The Marshall Plan was a US program of economic aid to European countries to help them rebuild after WW1. Good for the little countries that got the helo, but that could mean that with the help, these little countries could get mad at USSR for contributing to WW1 and ruining their countries. woops.

Formation of NATO

1949

NATO stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. this is an alliance with the US and Canada and a few other countries. We, as the USSR, see this as a huge threat. In reaction to this, we made the Warsaw Pact.

Explosion of Joe 1

1949

Us, the USSR, we made a large atomic bomb and exploded it. It was the most awesome thing ever. Then, the US were copy cats and tried to make a bomb just as big.

Korean War

1950 - 1953

The 38th parallel was when the north koreans suprised attacked south korea. The alliances were the US, south korea, and britain. then there were the soviets and the north koreans. I wish we could have vetoed the UN plan to send troops to south korea.

Formation of the Warsaw Pact

1955

Our awesome alliance called the Warsaw Pact included us, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania. Some of these stupid other countries like China and India, chose not to join an alliance. Come on! we need all the countries we can get. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/97/NATO_Warsaw_Pact.svg

Suez Canal Crisis

1956

In 1956 the Israelis and the Egyptians went to war over the Suez canal. The egyptians got control of it, but the British and French and Israelis made an agreement to go over take it. They took it over. But... muahaha, since we the USSR were causing world trouble back in Europe, the US and british had to pull out and the Egyptians gained control over the suez canal again.

Sputnik Launched

August, 1957

We announced that our rocket, sputnik, was being developed. It would be able to go great distances. We had the first rocket in space! yeeessss

Vietnam War

1959 - 1975

French and US vs. Vietnamese. And then later the North Vietnamese vs. South Vietnames. President nixon pulled the US troops out in the 60's. but there was alot of violence still after the war was done. The soviets wish the US would have stayed just so more troops could have died.

Cuban Missle Crisis

July 1962

Us, the Soviets, decided to be devious and plant 42 missles on the coast of Cuba facing the US. We were mad at them. Then, the Stupid americans found them and made us take them down.

Détente

1970

This is a policy of reducing Cold War tensions that was adopted by the US during the presidency of Richard Nixon. this was good because i guess us, the USSR, were trying to figure things out in a reasonable manner. hopefully in our favor.

SALT Talks

1972

Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. This is a series of meetings in which our leader, and Nixon of the US decided to sign an agreement that limited the number of weapons a country can have. i guess its good to not be in this dumb cold war. peace is good.

Invasion of Afghanistan

1979

Since a rebel party decided to overtake the communist government of Afghanistan, we decided to invade. We were going to help the Afghans and then quickly get out, but we got stuck. woops. But we eventually got out when our president pulled us out because of economic unrest in 1989.

Reagan's Strategic Advance Initiative

1983

This is when Reagan made an anti-communist announcement, and announced SDI which is a program to protect the US against military missles. This makes us Soviets mad. We just made an agreement to not have that many weapons! Communism isnt bad when youve lived with it for a while.

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Iron Curtain

1945

During the cold war, the Iron Curtain separated the awful Communist nations of Eastern Europe from the intelligent democratic nations of Western Europe.
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Potsdam Conference

1945

Because Stalin of the USSR couldn't keep his promises, leaders of the U.S., USSR, and Britain met again. Truman pressed Stalin to permit free elections in Eastern Europe, but he refused. He ruins everything.

Containment

1945

A U.S. foreign policy adopted by President Harry Truman in 1945, in which the powerful United States tried to stop the spread of communism by creating alliances and helping weak countries resist advances from the disgusting Soviets.

Yalta Conference

1945

Leaders from the wonderful United States (FDR), Britain (Churchill), and the awful USSR (Stalin) met at the Soviet Black Sea resort of Yalta and agreed to divide Germany into zones of occupation controlled by the Allied military forces. Germany also had to pay the Soviet Union to compensate for its loss of life and property, which is irrelevant considering the fact that they are the largest nation on the map. Stalin finally agreed to join the war against Japan and promised Eastern Europeans that they would have free elections, but he lied. What a surprise. https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQteL-KDEZzpWrpv-OUjeeheeq32jdf-xGQUpTWo75zY1S4o2C8cw

The Marshall Plan

1948 - 1951

A brilliant plan by the U.S. to give aid to needy European countries. The Marshall Plan provided food, machinery, and other materials to rebuild Western Europe. https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSilcydvGlmefr6-nApBkgud49-SYYnuSUPvjpQYZ4gmLkBpu-f

Formation of NATO

1949

Ten western European nations joined with the powerful United States and Canada to from a defensive military alliance called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQU_k7D9VevMpu6ZyFZUYguzEzE6XmnIlv6pNozRR61VpjcL3KjGw

Explosion of Joe 1

1949

The Soviet Union exploded an atomic weapon because they are uncontrollably crazy. President Truman of the United States was determined to develop a more deadly weapon before the Soviets did, which of course, they were successful. The United States developed Joe 1.

Korean War

1950 - 1953

When WWII ended, Korea was a divide country. The 38th parallel, a line that crosses Korea at 38 degrees north latitude, divided the country. North of the 38th parallel Japanese surrendered to the evil soviets. South of line surrendered to the powerful United States. In the Korean War, North Koreans and China were fighting South Koreans and
Americans. The South Koreans also had help from other nations in the United Nations. After the war, Korea still remained divided. A demilitarized zone divided the two countries. In North Korea, the communist dictator Kim Il Sung worked to build up their military and economy. After he died his son Kim Jong Il took power. He developed nuclear weapons, but faced severe economic problems. South Korea prospered due to the help of the wonderful, United States. South Korea concentrated on developing industry and expanding foreign trade. The country also adopted a democratic Constitution.

Formation of Warsaw Pact

1955

The Soviet Union saw NATO as a threat to them (because NATO was so extremely powerful) so they formed an alliance with East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania.

Suez Canal Crisis

1956

Egypt seized control of the Suez Canal, which was controlled by British interests, by bringing in troops to get rid of the British. The military action was because the Egyptians were dependent of the US and Britain for financial support for building Egypt's Aswan Dam. Britain was furious so they made an agreement with France and Israel to retake the canal. The Israelis were able to march on the Suez Canal and defeat the Egyptians. The US and The USSR forced the Israelis to withdraw from Egypt. This ended the Suez Canal Crisis. The US wanted the crisis to end, but the USSR only made the Israelis withdraw because they wanted to look good to other countries.

Sputnik Launch

1957

The Sputnik was the first unmanned satellite above Earth's atmosphere. The USSR launching the Sputnik urged the US to focus more on science and technology. One year later, the United States launched an even better rocket up in space.

Vietnam War

1959 - 1975

The Vietnam war was fought between the communist Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and its communist allies and the US-supported Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). To prevent other Asian countries from developing communism, the noble US stepped in. The war ended in April 1975 when the North Vietnamese took Saigon and the South Vietnamese government fell.

Domino Theory

1960

The idea that if a nation falls under Communists control, nearby nations will also fall under communist control. See what the USSR started?

Cuban Missile Crisis

1962

Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, began to build 42 missile sites in Cuba to prove to the United States that they couldn't resist Soviet expansion in Latin America. An American spy plane discovered the sites. The Americans were able to get Khrushchev to take the missiles out of Cuba.

Brinkmanship

1962

A policy threatening to go to war in response to any enemy aggression. The Soviets pushed the U.S. to Brinkmanship because they wouldn't respond to our requests. The Soviets are too stubborn.

Détente

1970

A policy of lessening Cold War tensions, replaced brinkmanship under the wise President Nixon. The US was trying to compromise with the stubborn USSR.

SALT Talks

1972

SALT is an abbreviation for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. The SALT talks were a series of meetings in which the wise US President Nixon signed an agreement with Russian leader, Leonid Brezhnev, limiting the amount of weapons in each nations. This was a good thing because the US wasn't so stressed about the psycho Russians who love war.

Invasion of Afghanistan

1979

Soviet influence began to increase in Afghanistan in the 1950's. In the late 1970's a Muslim Revolt threatened to topple Afghanistan's Communist regime. The Soviet Union feared that Afghanistan would lose its communist government, so they then invaded Afghanistan in 1979.

Reagan's Strategic Advance Initiative

1983

This is a program created by President Ronald Regan aimed to protect against enemy missiles. The program was never put in to effect but it remained a symbol of U.S. anti-Communist sentiment. The Russian were very offended by this, but they still fail to realize that Communism doesn't work.