The Cold War and International Relations

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During which decade did the Vietnam War end?

1970s

Who was the leader of the communist army in Northern Vietnam during the Vietnam War?

Ho Chi Minh

Which US president encouraged the development of space shuttles to bring the first man to the moon?

John F. Kennedy

During what time period did the Cold War take place?

1945-1991

What was the main reason for the Cold War being called the Cold War?

Direct military action between the United States and the Soviet Union

What were some of the ways in which the Cold War influenced the two nations directly?

All of the above

During the 1950s, which two countries were involved in the Korean War?

United States and Soviet Union

Who was the successor of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union?

Nikita Khrushchev

What major global milestone was achieved by the Soviet Union in 1957?

Launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite

Which two conferences took place to discuss the governance of German territory after World War II?

Potsdam Conference and Yalta Conference

What was the outcome of the Potsdam Conference?

Germany was divided into four zones and occupied by each of the Allied powers

What was the purpose of the Truman Doctrine?

To discourage the spread of Soviet Russia's communist beliefs

Which treaty prohibits the use of nuclear arms and has been signed by 71 nations?

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

What impact did the Cold War have on colonialism and expansion?

It significantly limited colonialism and expansion

How did the Cold War influence the global spread of democracy?

It resulted in more governments adopting democracy

Study Notes

The Vietnam War

  • The Vietnam War ended in the 1970s.
  • The leader of the communist army in Northern Vietnam during the Vietnam War was Ho Chi Minh.

Space Exploration

  • US President John F. Kennedy encouraged the development of space shuttles to bring the first man to the moon.

The Cold War

  • The Cold War took place from the 1940s to the 1990s.
  • The Cold War was called so because it was a state of geopolitical tension and competition between the United States and the Soviet Union without direct military conflict.
  • The Cold War influenced the two nations directly in various ways, including:
    • Military build-ups and nuclear arms races
    • Propaganda and spies
    • Economic and ideological competition
    • Proxy wars and covert operations

The Korean War

  • The Korean War took place during the 1950s between North Korea and South Korea, supported by the United States and China.

Soviet Union

  • Nikita Khrushchev succeeded Joseph Stalin as the leader of the Soviet Union.
  • In 1957, the Soviet Union achieved a major global milestone by launching Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, into Earth's orbit.

Post-WWII Governance

  • The Potsdam Conference and the Yalta Conference took place to discuss the governance of German territory after World War II.
  • The outcome of the Potsdam Conference was the division of Germany into four zones controlled by the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union.

The Truman Doctrine

  • The purpose of the Truman Doctrine was to provide economic and military aid to countries threatened by communism, particularly Greece and Turkey.

Nuclear Arms Treaty

  • The Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, signed by 71 nations, prohibits the use of nuclear arms.

Impact on Colonialism and Democracy

  • The Cold War had a significant impact on colonialism and expansion, as it led to the collapse of colonial empires and the emergence of new independent nations.
  • The Cold War also influenced the global spread of democracy, as the United States and the Soviet Union promoted rival ideologies and systems of government.

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