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Chapter 17 - Cold War

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Study Guide – Chapter 17


Yalta Conference

United Nations

Iron Curtain, 1946

Winston Churchill

Joseph Stalin

Harry S. Truman


Truman Doctrine

Marshall Plan

Berlin Airlift, 1948

Cold War, 1948-1991


Warsaw Pact


Arms race

Space race

Sputnik, 1957

Apollo 11, 1969


Mao Zedong

Jiang Jieshi

Civil war, 1946-1949



Marxist Socialism

‘Great Leap Forward’


Red Guards

Cultural Revolution


38th parallel

Korean War, 1950-1953

Douglas MacArthur


Kim Il Sung

Kim Jong Il

Vietnam War, 1954-1973 (US involvement 1964-1973)

Ho Chi Minh

Domino theory

Ngo Dinh Diem



Khmer Rouge

Pol  Pot

‘boat people’


Third World

Cold War strategies of CIA & KGB

Nonaligned nations

Bandung Conference, 1955

Fidel Castro

Cuban Revolution, 1959

Bay of Pigs, 1961

Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962


Anastasio Somoza

Daniel Ortega



Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini

1979 Revolution

Afghanistan, 1979-1989



Nikita Khrushchev


Hungarian Revolt, 1956

Imre Nagy

Leonid Brezhnev

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Alexander Dubček

Prague Spring, 1968

Brezhnev Doctrine

Soviet-Chinese Split

John F. Kennedy

Lyndon Johnson


Richard M Nixon

Beijing, 1972

Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), 1972

Ronald Reagan

essay topics (remember you will have a few topics to choose from, and these topics are not exact questions!!!):
  • describe the spread of communism after WW2 and its present effects
  • analyze the political, cultural, and economic changes in China from 1959 to present day
  • describe the events of the Cold War
  • what started the Cold War
  • analyze the effects of the space race
  • describe the evolution of environmental awareness and its present-day effect
  • describe the effect technological advances have had on all aspects of modern life
  • analyze the effects of the end of the Cold War on international politics
  • understand the role of the US in political, economic and cultural trends from WW2 till today
  • describe the evolution and influence of the United Nations and other international organizations

Extra Credit:
Create a review game by yourself or with a partner the day before the test to present to the class. Worth up to +5 on your test.
Review Materials:
The following questions are helpful review questions for the test.

Cold War Timeline - Assigned 4/25/13. Fill out the events for a review of the important dates and events in the Cold War!
Notes 4/26-27/2010 - these are .jpgs! sorry!
Chinese Revolution Notes 4/18/2014 - these are .jpg files!
Links for Reform and Collapse Worksheet:
Cold War Notes - this is a .pdf file and is approximately 3MB.
This Cold War PPT is an excellent resource!
PPT about the Vietnam War

PPT about the Communist Revolution in China
Video Links
There are some fascinating yet truly disturbing videos online about nuclear testing and other aspects of the Cold War. Some are listed as follows:

Cold War in 9 Minutes video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVqziNV7dGY

Crossroads Nuclear Testing - a short, narrated video that truly shows the methodical testing of nuclear weapons after World War II. There are some disturbing images and narration regarding the impact of this testing on animals and humans. This video is 42 minutes long (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HkLZekOZLU).
Duck and Cover: This 9 minute video was an educational video about how to protrect yourself from a nuclear explosion. This video is also the basis for a in-class activity on 5/28-29. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2kdpAGDu8s)
Duck and Cover parody in Legos: I couldn't resist adding this clip to our list of videos since it is based on the previous Duck and Cover video. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzSXYDdEPIw)
Operation CUE - Here is a two-part video that we saw in class about what the US government is doing to safeguard its citizens in 1955. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU9lCKDzKSY)
Tiananmen Square  - Thanks to Dylan B. for finding this PBS special on the Tank Man to learn more about the protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989 in China. You can view the entire video online here.

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Last updated, May 2015.