On Friday, February 21, 1947 the British Embassy in Washington D.C. alerted the United States Department officials that Great Britain could no longer provide financial aide to Greece and Turkey. This was a huge problem for the anti-communist government of the United States. Both Greece and Turkey had rapidly deteriorating economies, and perhaps more problematic was the rise of Communist led parties in each country. The U.S. had been monitoring the situation in the two countries before Great Britain sent word of their inability to aide Greece and Turkey. So on March 12, 1947 Harry S. Truman revealed a newly devised policy of foreign policy. This doctrine outlined a new stance being taken by the United States regarding eastern countries and the rise of communism. “If we falter in our leadership, we may endanger the peace of the world—and we shall surely endanger the welfare of our own Nation.” . That was the last line of the speech that Truman gave to the joint sessions of congress on March 12, 1947. The aide outlined in Truman’s speech is not a significant amount monetarily, four hundred million dollars were sent as aide to both Turkey and Greece. What this new doctrine put forth by Truman did was allow for the United States to publicly standout against Russia and stand up for any democratic or free country in the world. Many historians feel that this new foreign policy is what kept the United States so strong for many years. Lynn Boyd Hinds and Theodore Otto Windt Jr. in their book the Cold War as Rhetoric viewed the Truman Doctrine as neatly thought out and very necessary to increase both Truman and the United State’s authority as a world power. These two authors go on to state that in this doctrine it is clear and evident that communism in evil and since Russia is the largest proponent of communism they not only pose a legitimate
The Cold War
The cold war was a war that sparked controversies between nations. The causes
of the cold war was, of course, a major part of the outcomes of the war. Also, the
turning points of the war was very important. Finally, Canada during the cold war was
very important to not only our country but a contribution to the war itself. The cold war
frightened many Canadians and people all over the world of certain devastation itself.
The causes of the cold war were possibly the most important parts of the war…
and President Franklin D. Roosevelt
early in February 1945 as World War II was winding down.
● WWII Allies wish to keep good relations & keep working together in post war
● Yalta conference created agreements about postwar europe that pleased all
● Germany would be divided into occupation zones
● there would be free elections in the liberated countries of Eastern
Europe (even though Soviet troops now controlled this territory)
● the Soviets would enter the war against Japan, which they did on
August 8, 1945—just as Japan was about to surrender…
representative government with free elections, as would Bulgaria and Romania. But, Stalin broke those promises.
-At Yalta, the Soviet Union had agreed to attack Japan three months after the fall of Germany, but by the time the Soviets entered the Pacific war, the U.S. was about to win anyway, and now, it seemed that the U.S.S.R. had entered for the sake of taking spoils.
The Soviet Union was also granted control of the Manchurian railroads and received special privileges to Dairen and Port Arthur.
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Free Response Question
As the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union intensified, so did the red scare. The Red Scare led to many actions that largely effected the U.S. government and society. The Cold War created paranoia in the United States that Communists and leftist sympathizers in the U.S. might work as Soviet spies and threaten the U.S. security system. Joseph R. McCarthy became closely associated with the anticommunists crusade. Throughout his…
Cold War Report
Europe was destroyed by years of conflict during World War II. Millions of people were killed and wounded. Industrial and residential centers in England, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Belgium were laying in ruins. Much of Europe was on the brink of famine as agricultural production had been disrupted by war. Transportation infrastructure was in shambles. The only major power in the world that was not significantly damaged was the United States.
From 1945 through…
essay analyzes the relative positions of the United States and the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the Second World War and discusses the origins of the Cold War, including whether its coming was inevitable.
A power vacuum was created in the centre of Europe and other areas on the periphery of the Soviet Union by the defeat of the Axis.
The methods used by the Soviets to pursue their interests provoked vigorous defensive countermeasures by the United States and its allies [security dilemma]. No other…
How far was the Korean war a turning point?
The Korean War marked the first military conflict in the Cold War and is thus, in itself, a turning point as it depicts that the conflict between communism and capitalism has reached heights that would cost millions of lives in the future. The Korean War is closely linked with the way relations between China and the USA had turned out prior to the Korean War, partly leading to a communist China and thus the domino effect as seen with Korea. For the USA…
Truman - Vice President to FDR. Became president after FDR died in April 1945. Had to decide whether or not to use the atomic bomb against Japan, though he previously did not know about the bomb until he became president. He decided on using it against Japan, dropping one over Hiroshima destroying nearly the whole city and killing 70,000 of the population and dropping a second one days later over Nagasaki. The public began to criticize his decision. Created the Truman Doctrine which provided…
Normandy and began the process of re-taking France. The turning point of World War II.
Site of critical World War II Soviet victory that reversed Germany's advance to the East. In late 1942, Russian forces surrounded the Germans, and on Feb. 2, 1943, the German Sixth Army surrendered. First major defeat for the Germans in World War II.
1303. Winston Churchill
Prime minister of Great Britain during World War II.
1304. Casablanca Conference
Jan. 14-23, 1943 - FDR and Chruchill met…
Cold War 1945-1953
History Route 2
In 1939, Adolf Hitler was preparing for war. Though he was hoping to acquire Poland without force (as he had annexed Austria the year before), Hitler was planning against the possibility of a two front war. Since fighting a two front war in World War I had split Germany's forces, it had weakened and undermined their offensive; thus, played a large role in Germany losing the First World War. Hitler was determined not to…