Cold War Origins

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Cold War Origins • The Soviet Union and Communism • The United States and Democracy • Era preceding WWII • WWII: Marriage of Convenience • The Atomic Age

Marching to War • Nazi-Soviet Pact and Poland • Watchful Waiting: U.S. Isolation • Arsenal of Democracy • Lend Lease • Invasion of the USSR • December 7, 1941

Wartime Diplomacy • Atlantic Charter • The Fourteen Points and Four Freedoms • Declaration of War: Axis and Allies • Europe First • Mobilization at Home

African Conferences • Casablanca and Cairo • The Big Three • Battle of Stalingrad • Second Front • African Campaigns • Soft Underbelly Strategy • Mistrusting your ally

Teheran and Yalta • Question of Poland • Second Front • Postwar Germany • War in Asia • Spoils of War • D-Day Invasion

The U.N. and Potsdam • San Francisco, Spring 45 • FDR’s Death • Potsdam: Waning days of the Alliance • Unconditional Surrender • The Bomb • Postwar chessboard

The Cold War • Europe in the Ashes • Threat of Communism • Rebirth via Marshall Plan • Eastern Europe • Iron Curtain

Containment • Turkey and Greece • Neutrality Abandoned • Truman Doctrine • Mr. X • National Security Doctrine

Berlin Crisis • A Divided City and Occupation Zones • DeNazification • Germany Awakening • Stalin’s Gamble • Truman’s Choices • NATO

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