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This article is about the state of political tension in the 20th century. Cold War_sentence_0

For the general term, see Cold war (general term). Cold War_sentence_1

For the current state of political tension, see Second Cold War. Cold War_sentence_2

For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). Cold War_sentence_3

"Cold warrior" redirects here. Cold War_sentence_4

For other uses, see Cold warrior (disambiguation). Cold War_sentence_5

The Cold War was a period of geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and the United States and their respective allies, the Eastern Bloc and the Western Bloc, after World War II. Cold War_sentence_6

Historians do not fully agree on the dates, but the period is generally considered to span the 1947 Truman Doctrine to the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_7

The term "cold" is used because there was no large-scale fighting directly between the two superpowers, but they each supported major regional conflicts known as proxy wars. Cold War_sentence_8

The conflict was based around the ideological and geopolitical struggle for global influence by the two powers, following their temporary alliance and victory against Nazi Germany in 1945. Cold War_sentence_9

The doctrine of mutually assured destruction (MAD) discouraged a pre-emptive attack by either side. Cold War_sentence_10

Aside from the nuclear arsenal development and conventional military deployment, the struggle for dominance was expressed via indirect means such as psychological warfare, propaganda campaigns, espionage, far-reaching embargoes, rivalry at sports events and technological competitions such as the Space Race. Cold War_sentence_11

The West was led by the United States as well as the other First World nations of the Western Bloc that were generally liberal democratic but tied to a network of authoritarian states, most of which were their former colonies. Cold War_sentence_12

The East was led by the Soviet Union and its Communist Party, which had an influence across the Second World. Cold War_sentence_13

The US government supported right-wing governments and uprisings across the world, while the Soviet government funded communist parties and revolutions around the world. Cold War_sentence_14

As nearly all the colonial states achieved independence in the period 1945–1960, they became Third World battlefields in the Cold War. Cold War_sentence_15

The first phase of the Cold War began immediately after the end of the Second World War in 1945. Cold War_sentence_16

The United States created the NATO military alliance in 1949 in the apprehension of a Soviet attack and termed their global policy against Soviet influence containment. Cold War_sentence_17

The Soviet Union formed the Warsaw Pact in 1955 in response to NATO. Cold War_sentence_18

Major crises of this phase included the 1948–49 Berlin Blockade, the 1927–50 Chinese Civil War, the 1950–53 Korean War, the 1956 Suez Crisis, the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Cold War_sentence_19

The USSR and the US competed for influence in Latin America, the Middle East, and the decolonizing states of Africa and Asia. Cold War_sentence_20

Following the Cuban Missile Crisis, a new phase began that saw the Sino-Soviet split between China and the Soviet Union complicate relations within the Communist sphere, while US ally France began to demand greater autonomy of action. Cold War_sentence_21

The USSR invaded Czechoslovakia to suppress the 1968 Prague Spring, while the US experienced internal turmoil from the civil rights movement and opposition to the Vietnam War. Cold War_sentence_22

In the 1960s–70s, an international peace movement took root among citizens around the world. Cold War_sentence_23

Movements against nuclear arms testing and for nuclear disarmament took place, with large anti-war protests. Cold War_sentence_24

By the 1970s, both sides had started making allowances for peace and security, ushering in a period of détente that saw the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and the US opening relations with the People's Republic of China as a strategic counterweight to the USSR. Cold War_sentence_25

Détente collapsed at the end of the decade with the beginning of the Soviet–Afghan War in 1979. Cold War_sentence_26

The early 1980s were another period of elevated tension. Cold War_sentence_27

The United States increased diplomatic, military, and economic pressures on the Soviet Union, at a time when it was already suffering from economic stagnation. Cold War_sentence_28

In the mid-1980s, the new Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the liberalizing reforms of glasnost ("openness", c. 1985) and perestroika ("reorganization", 1987) and ended Soviet involvement in Afghanistan. Cold War_sentence_29

Pressures for national sovereignty grew stronger in Eastern Europe, and Gorbachev refused to militarily support their governments any longer. Cold War_sentence_30

The result in 1989 was a wave of revolutions that (with the exception of Romania) peacefully overthrew all of the communist governments of Central and Eastern Europe. Cold War_sentence_31

The Communist Party of the Soviet Union itself lost control in the Soviet Union and was banned following an abortive coup attempt in August 1991. Cold War_sentence_32

This in turn led to the formal dissolution of the USSR in December 1991, the declaration of independence of its constituent republics and the collapse of communist governments across much of Africa and Asia. Cold War_sentence_33

The United States was left as the world's only superpower. Cold War_sentence_34

The Cold War and its events have left a significant legacy. Cold War_sentence_35

It is often referred to in popular culture, especially with themes of espionage and the threat of nuclear warfare. Cold War_sentence_36

Meanwhile, a renewed state of tension between one of the Soviet Union's successor states, the Russian Federation, and the United States in the 21st century (including its Western allies) as well as growing tension between an increasingly powerful China and the U.S. and its Western allies have each been referred to as the Second Cold War. Cold War_sentence_37

Origins of the term Cold War_section_0

Main article: Cold war (general term) Cold War_sentence_38

At the end of World War II, English writer George Orwell used cold war, as a general term, in his essay "You and the Atomic Bomb", published 19 October 1945 in the British newspaper Tribune. Cold War_sentence_39

Contemplating a world living in the shadow of the threat of nuclear warfare, Orwell looked at James Burnham's predictions of a polarized world, writing: Cold War_sentence_40

In The Observer of 10 March 1946, Orwell wrote, "after the Moscow conference last December, Russia began to make a 'cold war' on Britain and the British Empire." Cold War_sentence_41

The first use of the term to describe the specific post-war geopolitical confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States came in a speech by Bernard Baruch, an influential advisor to Democratic presidents, on 16 April 1947. Cold War_sentence_42

The speech, written by a journalist Herbert Bayard Swope, proclaimed, "Let us not be deceived: we are today in the midst of a cold war." Cold War_sentence_43

Newspaper columnist Walter Lippmann gave the term wide currency with his book The Cold War. Cold War_sentence_44

When asked in 1947 about the source of the term, Lippmann traced it to a French term from the 1930s, la guerre froide. Cold War_sentence_45

Background Cold War_section_1

Main article: Origins of the Cold War Cold War_sentence_46

Russian Revolution Cold War_section_2

Main articles: Russian Revolution and Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War Cold War_sentence_47

While most historians trace the origins of the Cold War to the period immediately following World War II, others argue that it began with the October Revolution in Russia in 1917 when the Bolsheviks took power. Cold War_sentence_48

In World War I, the British, French and Russian Empires had comprised the Allied Powers from the start, and the U.S. joined them in April 1917. Cold War_sentence_49

The Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in November 1917 and fulfilled their promise to withdraw from WWI, and German armies advanced rapidly across the borderlands. Cold War_sentence_50

The Allies responded with an economic blockade against all of Russia. Cold War_sentence_51

In early March 1918, the Soviets followed through on the wave of popular disgust against the war and accepted harsh German peace terms with the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Cold War_sentence_52

In the eyes of some Allies, Russia now was helping Germany to win the war by freeing up a million German soldiers for the Western Front and by Cold War_sentence_53

According to historian Spencer Tucker, the Allies felt, "The treaty was the ultimate betrayal of the Allied cause and sowed the seeds for the Cold War. Cold War_sentence_54

With Brest-Litovsk the spectre of German domination in Eastern Europe threatened to become reality, and the Allies now began to think seriously about military intervention," and proceeded to step up their "economic warfare" against the Bolsheviks. Cold War_sentence_55

Some Bolsheviks saw Russia as only the first step, planning to incite revolutions against capitalism in every western country, but the need for peace with Germany led Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin away from this position. Cold War_sentence_56

In 1918 Britain provided money and troops to support the anti-Bolshevik "White" counter-revolutionaries. Cold War_sentence_57

This policy was spearheaded by Minister of War Winston Churchill, a committed British imperialist and anti-communist. Cold War_sentence_58

France, Japan and the United States invaded Russia in an attempt to topple the new Soviet government. Cold War_sentence_59

Despite the economic and military warfare launched against it by Western powers, the Bolshevik government succeeded in defeating all opposition and took full control of Russia, as well as breakaway provinces such as Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Cold War_sentence_60

Western powers also diplomatically isolated the Soviet government. Cold War_sentence_61

Vladimir Lenin stated that the Soviet Union was surrounded by a "hostile capitalist encirclement" and he viewed diplomacy as a weapon to keep Soviet enemies divided. Cold War_sentence_62

He set up an organization to promote sister revolutions worldwide, the Comintern. Cold War_sentence_63

It failed everywhere; it was crushed when it tried to start revolutions in Germany, Bavaria, and Hungary. Cold War_sentence_64

The failures led to an inward turn by Moscow. Cold War_sentence_65

Britain and other Western powers—except the United States—did business and sometimes recognized the new Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_66

By 1933, old fears of Communist threats had faded, and the American business community, as well as newspaper editors, were calling for diplomatic recognition. Cold War_sentence_67

President Franklin D. Roosevelt used presidential authority to normalize relations in November 1933. Cold War_sentence_68

However, there was no progress on the Tsarist debts Washington wanted Moscow to repay. Cold War_sentence_69

Expectations of expanded trade proved unrealistic. Cold War_sentence_70

Historians Justus D. Doenecke and Mark A. Stoler note that, "Both nations were soon disillusioned by the accord." Cold War_sentence_71

Roosevelt named William Bullitt as ambassador from 1933 to 1936. Cold War_sentence_72

Bullitt arrived in Moscow with high hopes for Soviet–American relations, but his view of the Soviet leadership soured on closer inspection. Cold War_sentence_73

By the end of his tenure, Bullitt was openly hostile to the Soviet government, and he remained an outspoken anti-communist for the rest of his life. Cold War_sentence_74

Beginnings of World War II Cold War_section_3

In the late 1930s, Stalin had worked with Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov to promote popular fronts with capitalist parties and governments to oppose fascism. Cold War_sentence_75

The Soviets were embittered when Western governments chose to practice appeasement with Nazi Germany instead. Cold War_sentence_76

In March 1939 Britain and France—without consulting the USSR—granted Hitler control of much of Czechoslovakia at the Munich Agreement. Cold War_sentence_77

Facing an aggressive Japan at Soviet borders as well, Stalin changed directions and replaced Litvinov with Vyacheslav Molotov, who negotiated closer relations with Germany. Cold War_sentence_78

After signing the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact and German–Soviet Frontier Treaty, the Soviet Union forced the Baltic countries—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—to allow it to station Soviet troops in their countries. Cold War_sentence_79

Finland rejected territorial demands, prompting a Soviet invasion in November 1939. Cold War_sentence_80

The resulting Winter War ended in March 1940 with Finnish concessions. Cold War_sentence_81

Britain and France, treating the Soviet attack on Finland as tantamount to its entering the war on the side of the Germans, responded to the Soviet invasion by supporting the USSR's expulsion from the League of Nations. Cold War_sentence_82

In June 1940, the Soviet Union forcibly annexed Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Cold War_sentence_83

It also seized the disputed Romanian regions of Bessarabia, Northern Bukovina, and Hertza. Cold War_sentence_84

But after the German Army invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa in June 1941 and declared war on the United States in December 1941, the Soviet Union and the Allied powers worked together to fight Germany. Cold War_sentence_85

Britain signed a formal alliance and the United States made an informal agreement. Cold War_sentence_86

In wartime, the United States supplied Britain, the Soviet Union and other Allied nations through its Lend-Lease Program. Cold War_sentence_87

However, Stalin remained highly suspicious, and he believed that the British and the Americans had conspired to ensure that the Soviets bore the brunt of the fighting against Germany. Cold War_sentence_88

According to this view, the Western Allies had deliberately delayed opening a second anti-German front in order to step in at the last minute and shape the peace settlement. Cold War_sentence_89

Thus, Soviet perceptions of the West left a strong undercurrent of tension and hostility between the Allied powers. Cold War_sentence_90

End of World War II (1945–1947) Cold War_section_4

Wartime conferences regarding post-war Europe Cold War_section_5

Further information: Tehran Conference, Yalta Conference, and List of Allied World War II conferences Cold War_sentence_91

The Allies disagreed about how the European map should look, and how borders would be drawn, following the war. Cold War_sentence_92

Each side held dissimilar ideas regarding the establishment and maintenance of post-war security. Cold War_sentence_93

Some scholars contend that all the Western Allies desired a security system in which democratic governments were established as widely as possible, permitting countries to peacefully resolve differences through international organizations. Cold War_sentence_94

Others note that the Atlantic powers were divided in their vision of the new post-war world. Cold War_sentence_95

Roosevelt's goals—military victory in both Europe and Asia, the achievement of global American economic supremacy over the British Empire, and the creation of a world peace organization—were more global than Churchill's, which were mainly centered on securing control over the Mediterranean, ensuring the survival of the British Empire, and the independence of Central and Eastern European countries as a buffer between the Soviets and the United Kingdom. Cold War_sentence_96

The Soviet Union sought to dominate the internal affairs of countries in its border regions. Cold War_sentence_97

During the war, Stalin had created special training centers for communists from different countries so that they could set up secret police forces loyal to Moscow as soon as the Red Army took control. Cold War_sentence_98

Soviet agents took control of the media, especially radio; they quickly harassed and then banned all independent civic institutions, from youth groups to schools, churches and rival political parties. Cold War_sentence_99

Stalin also sought continued peace with Britain and the United States, hoping to focus on internal reconstruction and economic growth. Cold War_sentence_100

In the American view, Stalin seemed a potential ally in accomplishing their goals, whereas in the British approach Stalin appeared as the greatest threat to the fulfillment of their agenda. Cold War_sentence_101

With the Soviets already occupying most of Central and Eastern Europe, Stalin was at an advantage, and the two western leaders vied for his favors. Cold War_sentence_102

The differences between Roosevelt and Churchill led to several separate deals with the Soviets. Cold War_sentence_103

In October 1944, Churchill traveled to Moscow and proposed the "percentages agreement" to divide Europe into respective spheres of influence, including giving Stalin predominance over Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria and Churchill carte blanche over Greece. Cold War_sentence_104

This proposal was accepted by Stalin. Cold War_sentence_105

At the Yalta Conference of February 1945, Roosevelt signed a separate deal with Stalin regarding Asia and refused to support Churchill on the issues of Poland and Reparations. Cold War_sentence_106

Roosevelt ultimately approved the percentage agreement, but there was still apparently no firm consensus on the framework for a post-war settlement in Europe. Cold War_sentence_107

At the Second Quebec Conference, a high-level military conference held in Quebec City, 12–16 September 1944, Churchill and Roosevelt reached agreement on a number of matters, including a plan for Germany based on Henry Morgenthau Jr.'s original proposal. Cold War_sentence_108

The memorandum drafted by Churchill provided for "eliminating the warmaking industries in the Ruhr and the Saar ... looking forward to converting Germany into a country primarily agricultural and pastoral in its character." Cold War_sentence_109

However, it no longer included a plan to partition the country into several independent states. Cold War_sentence_110

On 10 May 1945, President Truman signed the US occupation directive JCS 1067, which was in effect for over two years, and was enthusiastically supported by Stalin. Cold War_sentence_111

It directed the US forces of occupation to "...take no steps looking toward the economic rehabilitation of Germany". Cold War_sentence_112

Some historians have argued that the Cold War began when the US negotiated a separate peace with Nazi SS General Karl Wolff in northern Italy. Cold War_sentence_113

The Soviet Union was not allowed to participate and the dispute led to heated correspondence between Franklin Roosevelt and Stalin. Cold War_sentence_114

Wolff, a war criminal, appears to have been guaranteed immunity at the Nuremberg trials by Office of Strategic Services (OSS) commander and future CIA director Allen Dulles when they met in March 1945. Cold War_sentence_115

Wolff and his forces were being considered to help implement Operation Unthinkable, a secret plan to invade the Soviet Union which Winston Churchill advocated during this period. Cold War_sentence_116

In April 1945, President Roosevelt died and was succeeded by Harry S. Truman, who distrusted Stalin and turned for advice to an elite group of foreign policy intellectuals. Cold War_sentence_117

Both Churchill and Truman opposed, among other things, the Soviets' decision to prop up the Lublin government, the Soviet-controlled rival to the Polish government-in-exile in London, whose relations with the Soviets had been severed. Cold War_sentence_118

Following the Allies' May 1945 victory, the Soviets effectively occupied Central and Eastern Europe, while strong US and Western allied forces remained in Western Europe. Cold War_sentence_119

In Germany and Austria, France, Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States established zones of occupation and a loose framework for parceled four-power control. Cold War_sentence_120

The 1945 Allied conference in San Francisco established the multi-national United Nations (UN) for the maintenance of world peace, but the enforcement capacity of its Security Council was effectively paralyzed by the ability of individual members to exercise veto power. Cold War_sentence_121

Accordingly, the UN was essentially converted into an inactive forum for exchanging polemical rhetoric, and the Soviets regarded it almost exclusively as a propaganda tribune. Cold War_sentence_122

Potsdam Conference and surrender of Japan Cold War_section_6

Main articles: Potsdam Conference and Surrender of Japan Cold War_sentence_123

At the Potsdam Conference, which started in late July after Germany's surrender, serious differences emerged over the future development of Germany and the rest of Central and Eastern Europe. Cold War_sentence_124

The Soviets pressed their demand made at Yalta, for $20 billion of reparations to be taken from Germany occupation zones. Cold War_sentence_125

The Americans and British refused to fix a dollar amount for reparations, but they permitted the Soviets to remove some industry from their zones. Cold War_sentence_126

Moreover, the participants' mounting antipathy and bellicose language served to confirm their suspicions about each other's hostile intentions, and to entrench their positions. Cold War_sentence_127

At this conference Truman informed Stalin that the United States possessed a powerful new weapon. Cold War_sentence_128

The US had invited Britain into its atomic bomb project but kept it secret from the Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_129

Stalin was aware that the Americans were working on the atomic bomb, and he reacted to the news calmly. Cold War_sentence_130

One week after the end of the Potsdam Conference, the US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Cold War_sentence_131

Shortly after the attacks, Stalin protested to US officials when Truman offered the Soviets little real influence in occupied Japan. Cold War_sentence_132

Stalin was also outraged by the actual dropping of the bombs, calling them a "superbarbarity" and claiming that "the balance has been destroyed...That cannot be." Cold War_sentence_133

The Truman administration intended to use its ongoing nuclear weapons program to pressure the Soviet Union in international relations. Cold War_sentence_134

Following the war, the United States and the United Kingdom used military forces in Greece and Korea to remove indigenous governments and forces seen as communist. Cold War_sentence_135

Under the leadership of Lyuh Woon-Hyung, working secretly during Japanese occupation, committees throughout Korea formed to coordinate transition to Korean independence. Cold War_sentence_136

Following Japanese surrender, on August 28, 1945 these committees formed the temporary national government of Korea, naming it the People's Republic of Korea (PRK) a couple of weeks later. Cold War_sentence_137

On September 8, 1945, the United States government landed forces in Korea and thereafter established the United States Army Military Government in Korea (USAMGK) to govern Korea south of the 38th parallel north. Cold War_sentence_138

The USAMGK outlawed the PRK government. Cold War_sentence_139

The military governor Lieutenant-General John R. Hodge later said that "one of our missions was to break down this Communist government." Cold War_sentence_140

Thereafter, starting with President Syngman Rhee, the U.S supported authoritarian South Korean governments, which reigned until the 1980s. Cold War_sentence_141

Beginnings of the Eastern Bloc Cold War_section_7

Main article: Eastern Bloc Cold War_sentence_142

Further information: Post–World War II economic expansion Cold War_sentence_143

During the opening stages of World War II, the Soviet Union laid the foundation for the Eastern Bloc by invading and then annexing several countries as Soviet Socialist Republics, by agreement with Germany in the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. Cold War_sentence_144

These included eastern Poland (incorporated into the Byelorussian SSR and the Ukrainian SSR), Latvia (which became the Latvian SSR), Estonia (which became the Estonian SSR), Lithuania (which became the Lithuanian SSR), part of eastern Finland (which became the Karelo-Finnish SSR) and eastern Romania (which became the Moldavian SSR). Cold War_sentence_145

Central and Eastern European territories that the Soviet army liberated from Germany were added to the Eastern Bloc, pursuant to the Percentages Agreement between Churchill and Stalin. Cold War_sentence_146

The Soviet Union converted the territories it occupied into satellite states, such as: Cold War_sentence_147

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The Soviet-style regimes that arose in the Bloc not only reproduced Soviet command economy, but also adopted the brutal methods employed by Joseph Stalin and the Soviet secret police in order to suppress both real and potential opposition. Cold War_sentence_148

In Asia, the Red Army had overrun Manchuria in the last month of the war, and it went on to occupy the large swathe of Korean territory located north of the 38th parallel. Cold War_sentence_149

As part of consolidating Stalin's control over the Eastern Bloc, the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD), led by Lavrentiy Beria, supervised the establishment of Soviet-style secret police systems in the Bloc that were supposed to crush anti-communist resistance. Cold War_sentence_150

When the slightest stirrings of independence emerged in the Bloc, Stalin's strategy matched that of dealing with domestic pre-war rivals: they were removed from power, put on trial, imprisoned, and in several instances, executed. Cold War_sentence_151

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was concerned that, given the enormous size of Soviet forces deployed in Europe at the end of the war, and the perception that Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was unreliable, there existed a Soviet threat to Western Europe. Cold War_sentence_152

After World War II, US officials guided Western European leaders in establishing their own secret security force to prevent subversion in the Western bloc, which evolved into Operation Gladio. Cold War_sentence_153

Containment and the Truman Doctrine (1947–1953) Cold War_section_8

Main articles: Cold War (1947–1953), Containment, and Truman Doctrine Cold War_sentence_154

Iron Curtain, Iran, Turkey, and Greece Cold War_section_9

Further information: X Article § The Long Telegram, Iron Curtain, Iran crisis of 1946, and Restatement of Policy on Germany Cold War_sentence_155

In late February 1946, George F. Kennan's "Long Telegram" from Moscow to Washington helped to articulate the US government's increasingly hard line against the Soviets, which would become the basis for US strategy toward the Soviet Union for the duration of the Cold War. Cold War_sentence_156

The Truman Administration was receptive to the telegram due to broken promises by Stalin concerning Europe and Iran. Cold War_sentence_157

Following the WWII Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran, the country was occupied by the Red Army in the far north and the British in the south. Cold War_sentence_158

Iran was used by the United States and British to supply the Soviet Union, and the Allies agreed to withdraw from Iran within six months after the cessation of hostilities. Cold War_sentence_159

However, when this deadline came, the Soviets remained in Iran under the guise of the People's Republic of Azerbaijan and Kurdish Republic of Mahabad. Cold War_sentence_160

Shortly thereafter, on 5 March, former British prime minister Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton, Missouri. Cold War_sentence_161

The speech called for an Anglo-American alliance against the Soviets, whom he accused of establishing an "iron curtain" dividing Europe from "Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic". Cold War_sentence_162

A week later, on 13 March, Stalin responded vigorously to the speech, saying that Churchill could be compared to Hitler insofar as he advocated the racial superiority of English-speaking nations so that they could satisfy their hunger for world domination, and that such a declaration was "a call for war on the U.S.S.R." The Soviet leader also dismissed the accusation that the USSR was exerting increasing control over the countries lying in its sphere. Cold War_sentence_163

He argued that there was nothing surprising in "the fact that the Soviet Union, anxious for its future safety, [was] trying to see to it that governments loyal in their attitude to the Soviet Union should exist in these countries". Cold War_sentence_164

In September, the Soviet side produced the Novikov telegram, sent by the Soviet ambassador to the US but commissioned and "co-authored" by Vyacheslav Molotov; it portrayed the US as being in the grip of monopoly capitalists who were building up military capability "to prepare the conditions for winning world supremacy in a new war". Cold War_sentence_165

On 6 September 1946, James F. Byrnes delivered a speech in Germany repudiating the Morgenthau Plan (a proposal to partition and de-industrialize post-war Germany) and warning the Soviets that the US intended to maintain a military presence in Europe indefinitely. Cold War_sentence_166

As Byrnes admitted a month later, "The nub of our program was to win the German people ... it was a battle between us and Russia over minds ..." In December, the Soviets agreed to withdraw from Iran after persistent US pressure, an early success of containment policy. Cold War_sentence_167

By 1947, US president Harry S. Truman was outraged by perceived resistance of the Soviet Union to American demands in Iran, Turkey, and Greece, as well as Soviet rejection of the Baruch Plan on nuclear weapons. Cold War_sentence_168

In February 1947, the British government announced that it could no longer afford to finance the Kingdom of Greece in its civil war against Communist-led insurgents. Cold War_sentence_169

The US government responded to this announcement by adopting a policy of containment, with the goal of stopping the spread of Communism. Cold War_sentence_170

Truman delivered a speech calling for the allocation of $400 million to intervene in the war and unveiled the Truman Doctrine, which framed the conflict as a contest between free peoples and totalitarian regimes. Cold War_sentence_171

American policymakers accused the Soviet Union of conspiring against the Greek royalists in an effort to expand Soviet influence even though Stalin had told the Communist Party to cooperate with the British-backed government. Cold War_sentence_172

(The insurgents were helped by Josip Broz Tito's Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia against Stalin's wishes.) Cold War_sentence_173

Enunciation of the Truman Doctrine marked the beginning of a US bipartisan defense and foreign policy consensus between Republicans and Democrats focused on containment and deterrence that weakened during and after the Vietnam War, but ultimately persisted thereafter. Cold War_sentence_174

Moderate and conservative parties in Europe, as well as social democrats, gave virtually unconditional support to the Western alliance, while European and American Communists, financed by the KGB and involved in its intelligence operations, adhered to Moscow's line, although dissent began to appear after 1956. Cold War_sentence_175

Other critiques of the consensus policy came from anti-Vietnam War activists, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and the anti-nuclear movement. Cold War_sentence_176

Marshall Plan and Czechoslovak coup d'état Cold War_section_10

Main articles: Marshall Plan, Western Bloc, and 1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état Cold War_sentence_177

In early 1947, France, Britain and the United States unsuccessfully attempted to reach an agreement with the Soviet Union for a plan envisioning an economically self-sufficient Germany, including a detailed accounting of the industrial plants, goods and infrastructure already removed by the Soviets. Cold War_sentence_178

In June 1947, in accordance with the Truman Doctrine, the United States enacted the Marshall Plan, a pledge of economic assistance for all European countries willing to participate, including the Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_179

Under the plan, which President Harry S. Truman signed on 3 April 1948, the US government gave to Western European countries over $13 billion (equivalent to $189.39 billion in 2016) to rebuild the economy of Europe. Cold War_sentence_180

Later, the program led to the creation of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation. Cold War_sentence_181

The plan's aim was to rebuild the democratic and economic systems of Europe and to counter perceived threats to Europe's balance of power, such as communist parties seizing control through revolutions or elections. Cold War_sentence_182

The plan also stated that European prosperity was contingent upon German economic recovery. Cold War_sentence_183

One month later, Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, creating a unified Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Security Council (NSC). Cold War_sentence_184

These would become the main bureaucracies for US defense policy in the Cold War. Cold War_sentence_185

Stalin believed that economic integration with the West would allow Eastern Bloc countries to escape Soviet control, and that the US was trying to buy a pro-US re-alignment of Europe. Cold War_sentence_186

Stalin therefore prevented Eastern Bloc nations from receiving Marshall Plan aid. Cold War_sentence_187

The Soviet Union's alternative to the Marshall Plan, which was purported to involve Soviet subsidies and trade with central and eastern Europe, became known as the Molotov Plan (later institutionalized in January 1949 as the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance). Cold War_sentence_188

Stalin was also fearful of a reconstituted Germany; his vision of a post-war Germany did not include the ability to rearm or pose any kind of threat to the Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_189

In early 1948, following reports of strengthening "reactionary elements", Soviet operatives executed a coup d'état in Czechoslovakia, the only Eastern Bloc state that the Soviets had permitted to retain democratic structures. Cold War_sentence_190

The public brutality of the coup shocked Western powers more than any event up to that point, set in motion a brief scare that war would occur and swept away the last vestiges of opposition to the Marshall Plan in the United States Congress. Cold War_sentence_191

The twin policies of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan led to billions in economic and military aid for Western Europe, Greece, and Turkey. Cold War_sentence_192

With the US assistance, the Greek military won its civil war. Cold War_sentence_193

Under the leadership of Alcide De Gasperi the Italian Christian Democrats defeated the powerful CommunistSocialist alliance in the elections of 1948. Cold War_sentence_194

Espionage Cold War_section_11

Main articles: Cold War espionage, American espionage in the Soviet Union and Russian Federation, and Soviet espionage in the United States Cold War_sentence_195

All major powers engaged in espionage, using a great variety of spies, double agents, and new technologies such as the tapping of telephone cables. Cold War_sentence_196

The most famous and active organizations were the American CIA, the Soviet KGB, and the British MI6. Cold War_sentence_197

The East German Stasi, unlike the others, was primarily concerned with internal security, but its Main Directorate for Reconnaissance operated espionage activities around the world. Cold War_sentence_198

The CIA secretly subsidized and promoted anti-communist cultural activities and organizations. Cold War_sentence_199

The CIA was also involved in European politics, especially in Italy. Cold War_sentence_200

Espionage took place all over the world, but Berlin was the most important battleground for spying activity. Cold War_sentence_201

So much top secret archival information has been released so that historian Raymond L. Garthoff concludes there probably was parity in the quantity and quality of secret information obtained by each side. Cold War_sentence_202

However, the Soviets probably had an advantage in terms of HUMINT (espionage) and "sometimes in its reach into high policy circles." Cold War_sentence_203

In terms of decisive impact, however, he concludes: Cold War_sentence_204

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  • We also can now have high confidence in the judgment that there were no successful "moles" at the political decision-making level on either side. Similarly, there is no evidence, on either side, of any major political or military decision that was prematurely discovered through espionage and thwarted by the other side. There also is no evidence of any major political or military decision that was crucially influenced (much less generated) by an agent of the other side.Cold War_item_1_7

In addition to usual espionage, the Western agencies paid special attention to debriefing Eastern Bloc defectors. Cold War_sentence_205

Cominform and the Tito–Stalin Split Cold War_section_12

Main articles: Cominform and Tito–Stalin Split Cold War_sentence_206

In September 1947, the Soviets created Cominform, the purpose of which was to enforce orthodoxy within the international communist movement and tighten political control over Soviet satellites through coordination of communist parties in the Eastern Bloc. Cold War_sentence_207

Cominform faced an embarrassing setback the following June, when the Tito–Stalin Split obliged its members to expel Yugoslavia, which remained communist but adopted a non-aligned position. Cold War_sentence_208

Berlin Blockade and Airlift Cold War_section_13

Main article: Berlin Blockade Cold War_sentence_209

The United States and Britain merged their western German occupation zones into "Bizonia" (1 January 1947, later "Trizonia" with the addition of France's zone, April 1949). Cold War_sentence_210

As part of the economic rebuilding of Germany, in early 1948, representatives of a number of Western European governments and the United States announced an agreement for a merger of western German areas into a federal governmental system. Cold War_sentence_211

In addition, in accordance with the Marshall Plan, they began to re-industrialize and rebuild the west German economy, including the introduction of a new Deutsche Mark currency to replace the old Reichsmark currency that the Soviets had debased. Cold War_sentence_212

The US had secretly decided that a unified and neutral Germany was undesirable, with Walter Bedell Smith telling General Eisenhower "in spite of our announced position, we really do not want nor intend to accept German unification on any terms that the Russians might agree to, even though they seem to meet most of our requirements." Cold War_sentence_213

Shortly thereafter, Stalin instituted the Berlin Blockade (24 June 1948 – 12 May 1949), one of the first major crises of the Cold War, preventing food, materials and supplies from arriving in West Berlin. Cold War_sentence_214

The United States, Britain, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several other countries began the massive "Berlin airlift", supplying West Berlin with food and other provisions. Cold War_sentence_215

The Soviets mounted a public relations campaign against the policy change. Cold War_sentence_216

Once again the East Berlin communists attempted to disrupt the Berlin municipal elections (as they had done in the 1946 elections), which were held on 5 December 1948 and produced a turnout of 86.3% and an overwhelming victory for the non-communist parties. Cold War_sentence_217

The results effectively divided the city into East and West versions of its former self. Cold War_sentence_218

300,000 Berliners demonstrated and urged the international airlift to continue, and US Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen created "Operation Vittles", which supplied candy to German children. Cold War_sentence_219

In May 1949, Stalin backed down and lifted the blockade. Cold War_sentence_220

In 1952, Stalin repeatedly proposed a plan to unify East and West Germany under a single government chosen in elections supervised by the United Nations, if the new Germany were to stay out of Western military alliances, but this proposal was turned down by the Western powers. Cold War_sentence_221

Some sources dispute the sincerity of the proposal. Cold War_sentence_222

Beginnings of NATO and Radio Free Europe Cold War_section_14

Main articles: NATO, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Eastern Bloc media and propaganda Cold War_sentence_223

Britain, France, the United States, Canada and other eight western European countries signed the North Atlantic Treaty of April 1949, establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Cold War_sentence_224

That August, the first Soviet atomic device was detonated in Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR. Cold War_sentence_225

Following Soviet refusals to participate in a German rebuilding effort set forth by western European countries in 1948, the US, Britain and France spearheaded the establishment of West Germany from the three Western zones of occupation in April 1949. Cold War_sentence_226

The Soviet Union proclaimed its zone of occupation in Germany the German Democratic Republic that October. Cold War_sentence_227

Media in the Eastern Bloc was an organ of the state, completely reliant on and subservient to the communist party. Cold War_sentence_228

Radio and television organizations were state-owned, while print media was usually owned by political organizations, mostly by the local communist party. Cold War_sentence_229

Soviet radio broadcasts used Marxist rhetoric to attack capitalism, emphasizing themes of labor exploitation, imperialism and war-mongering. Cold War_sentence_230

Along with the broadcasts of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Voice of America to Central and Eastern Europe, a major propaganda effort begun in 1949 was Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, dedicated to bringing about the peaceful demise of the communist system in the Eastern Bloc. Cold War_sentence_231

Radio Free Europe attempted to achieve these goals by serving as a surrogate home radio station, an alternative to the controlled and party-dominated domestic press. Cold War_sentence_232

Radio Free Europe was a product of some of the most prominent architects of America's early Cold War strategy, especially those who believed that the Cold War would eventually be fought by political rather than military means, such as George F. Kennan. Cold War_sentence_233

American policymakers, including Kennan and John Foster Dulles, acknowledged that the Cold War was in its essence a war of ideas. Cold War_sentence_234

The United States, acting through the CIA, funded a long list of projects to counter the communist appeal among intellectuals in Europe and the developing world. Cold War_sentence_235

The CIA also covertly sponsored a domestic propaganda campaign called Crusade for Freedom. Cold War_sentence_236

In the early 1950s, the US worked for the rearmament of West Germany and, in 1955, secured its full membership of NATO. Cold War_sentence_237

In May 1953, Beria, by then in a government post, had made an unsuccessful proposal to allow the reunification of a neutral Germany to prevent West Germany's incorporation into NATO. Cold War_sentence_238

Chinese Civil War, SEATO, and NSC-68 Cold War_section_15

Main articles: Chinese Civil War, Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, and NSC 68 Cold War_sentence_239

In 1949, Mao Zedong's People's Liberation Army defeated Chiang Kai-shek's United States-backed Kuomintang (KMT) Nationalist Government in China, and the Soviet Union promptly created an alliance with the newly formed People's Republic of China. Cold War_sentence_240

According to Norwegian historian Odd Arne Westad, the communists won the Civil War because they made fewer military mistakes than Chiang Kai-Shek made, and because in his search for a powerful centralized government, Chiang antagonized too many interest groups in China. Cold War_sentence_241

Moreover, his party was weakened during the war against Japan. Cold War_sentence_242

Meanwhile, the communists told different groups, such as the peasants, exactly what they wanted to hear, and they cloaked themselves under the cover of Chinese nationalism. Cold War_sentence_243

Chiang and his KMT government retreated to the island of Taiwan. Cold War_sentence_244

Confronted with the communist revolution in China and the end of the American atomic monopoly in 1949, the Truman administration quickly moved to escalate and expand its containment doctrine. Cold War_sentence_245

In NSC 68, a secret 1950 document, the National Security Council instituted a Machiavellian policy while proposing to reinforce pro-Western alliance systems and quadruple spending on defense. Cold War_sentence_246

Truman, under the influence of advisor Paul Nitze, saw containment as implying complete rollback of Soviet influence in all its forms. Cold War_sentence_247

United States officials moved to expand this version of containment into Asia, Africa, and Latin America, in order to counter revolutionary nationalist movements, often led by communist parties financed by the USSR, fighting against the restoration of Europe's colonial empires in South-East Asia and elsewhere. Cold War_sentence_248

In this way, this US would exercise "preponderant power," oppose neutrality, and establish global hegemony. Cold War_sentence_249

In the early 1950s (a period sometimes known as the "Pactomania"), the US formalized a series of alliances with Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the Philippines (notably ANZUS in 1951 and SEATO in 1954), thereby guaranteeing the United States a number of long-term military bases. Cold War_sentence_250

Korean War Cold War_section_16

Main articles: Division of Korea, Korean War, and Rollback Cold War_sentence_251

One of the more significant examples of the implementation of containment was US intervention in the Korean War. Cold War_sentence_252

In June 1950, after years of mutual hostilities, Kim Il-sung's North Korean People's Army invaded South Korea at the 38th parallel. Cold War_sentence_253

Stalin had been reluctant to support the invasion but ultimately sent advisers. Cold War_sentence_254

To Stalin's surprise, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 82 and 83 backed the defense of South Korea, although the Soviets were then boycotting meetings in protest of the fact that Taiwan, not the People's Republic of China, held a permanent seat on the council. Cold War_sentence_255

A UN force of sixteen countries faced North Korea, although 40 percent of troops were South Korean, and about 50 percent were from the United States. Cold War_sentence_256

The US initially seemed to follow containment when it first entered the war. Cold War_sentence_257

This directed the US's action to only push back North Korea across the 38th Parallel and restore South Korea's sovereignty while allowing North Korea's survival as a state. Cold War_sentence_258

However, the success of the Inchon landing inspired the US/UN forces to pursue a rollback strategy instead and to overthrow communist North Korea, thereby allowing nationwide elections under U.N. auspices. Cold War_sentence_259

General Douglas MacArthur then advanced across the 38th Parallel into North Korea. Cold War_sentence_260

The Chinese, fearful of a possible US invasion, sent in a large army and defeated the U.N. forces, pushing them back below the 38th parallel. Cold War_sentence_261

Truman publicly hinted that he might use his "ace in the hole" of the atomic bomb, but Mao was unmoved. Cold War_sentence_262

The episode was used to support the wisdom of the containment doctrine as opposed to rollback. Cold War_sentence_263

The Communists were later pushed to roughly around the original border, with minimal changes. Cold War_sentence_264

Among other effects, the Korean War galvanised NATO to develop a military structure. Cold War_sentence_265

Public opinion in countries involved, such as Great Britain, was divided for and against the war. Cold War_sentence_266

After the Armistice was approved in July 1953, Korean leader Kim Il Sung created a highly centralized, totalitarian dictatorship that accorded his family unlimited power while generating a pervasive cult of personality. Cold War_sentence_267

In the South, the American-backed dictator Syngman Rhee ran a violently anticommunist and authoritarian regime. Cold War_sentence_268

While Rhee was overthrown in 1960, South Korea continued to be ruled by a military government of former Japanese collaborators until the re-establishment of a multi-party system in the late 1980s. Cold War_sentence_269

Crisis and escalation (1953–1962) Cold War_section_17

Main article: Cold War (1953–1962) Cold War_sentence_270

Khrushchev, Eisenhower and de-Stalinization Cold War_section_18

In 1953, changes in political leadership on both sides shifted the dynamic of the Cold War. Cold War_sentence_271

Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated president that January. Cold War_sentence_272

During the last 18 months of the Truman administration, the American defense budget had quadrupled, and Eisenhower moved to reduce military spending by a third while continuing to fight the Cold War effectively. Cold War_sentence_273

After the death of Joseph Stalin, Georgy Malenkov initially succeeded him as leader of the Soviet Union only to be quickly removed and replaced by Nikita Khrushchev. Cold War_sentence_274

On 25 February 1956, Khrushchev shocked delegates to the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party by cataloguing and denouncing Stalin's crimes. Cold War_sentence_275

As part of a new campaign of de-Stalinization, he declared that the only way to reform and move away from Stalin's policies would be to acknowledge errors made in the past. Cold War_sentence_276

On 18 November 1956, while addressing Western dignitaries at a reception in Moscow's Polish embassy, Khrushchev infamously declared, "Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. Cold War_sentence_277

We will bury you", shocking everyone present. Cold War_sentence_278

He would later say he had not been referring to nuclear war, but the historically fated victory of communism over capitalism. Cold War_sentence_279

In 1961, Khrushchev boasted that, even if the Soviet Union was currently behind the West, its housing shortage would disappear within ten years, consumer goods would be made abundant, and the "construction of a communist society" would be completed "in the main" within no more than two decades. Cold War_sentence_280

Eisenhower's secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, initiated a "New Look" for the containment strategy, calling for a greater reliance on nuclear weapons against US enemies in wartime. Cold War_sentence_281

Dulles also enunciated the doctrine of "massive retaliation", threatening a severe US response to any Soviet aggression. Cold War_sentence_282

Possessing nuclear superiority, for example, allowed Eisenhower to face down Soviet threats to intervene in the Middle East during the 1956 Suez Crisis. Cold War_sentence_283

US plans for nuclear war in the late 1950s included the "systematic destruction" of 1,200 major urban centers in the Eastern Bloc and China, including Moscow, East Berlin and Beijing, with their civilian populations among the primary targets. Cold War_sentence_284

In spite of these threats, there were substantial hopes for detente when an upswing in diplomacy took place in 1959, including a two-week visit by Khrushchev to the US, and plans for a two-power summit for May 1960. Cold War_sentence_285

The latter was disturbed by the U-2 spy plane scandal, however, in which Eisenhower was caught lying to the world about the intrusion of American surveillance aircraft into Soviet territory. Cold War_sentence_286

Warsaw Pact and Hungarian Revolution Cold War_section_19

Main articles: Warsaw Pact and Hungarian Revolution of 1956 Cold War_sentence_287

While Stalin's death in 1953 slightly relaxed tensions, the situation in Europe remained an uneasy armed truce. Cold War_sentence_288

The Soviets, who had already created a network of mutual assistance treaties in the Eastern Bloc by 1949, established a formal alliance therein, the Warsaw Pact, in 1955. Cold War_sentence_289

It stood opposed to NATO. Cold War_sentence_290

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 occurred shortly after Khrushchev arranged the removal of Hungary's Stalinist leader Mátyás Rákosi. Cold War_sentence_291

In response to a popular uprising, the new regime formally disbanded the secret police, declared its intention to withdraw from the Warsaw Pact and pledged to re-establish free elections. Cold War_sentence_292

The Soviet Army invaded. Cold War_sentence_293

Thousands of Hungarians were arrested, imprisoned and deported to the Soviet Union, and approximately 200,000 Hungarians fled Hungary in the chaos. Cold War_sentence_294

Hungarian leader Imre Nagy and others were executed following secret trials. Cold War_sentence_295

From 1957 through 1961, Khrushchev openly and repeatedly threatened the West with nuclear annihilation. Cold War_sentence_296

He claimed that Soviet missile capabilities were far superior to those of the United States, capable of wiping out any American or European city. Cold War_sentence_297

According to John Lewis Gaddis, Khrushchev rejected Stalin's "belief in the inevitability of war," however. Cold War_sentence_298

The new leader declared his ultimate goal was "peaceful coexistence". Cold War_sentence_299

In Khrushchev's formulation, peace would allow capitalism to collapse on its own, as well as giving the Soviets time to boost their military capabilities, which remained for decades until Gorbachev's later "new thinking" envisioning peaceful coexistence as an end in itself rather than a form of class struggle. Cold War_sentence_300

The events in Hungary produced ideological fractures within the communist parties of the world, particularly in Western Europe, with great decline in membership as many in both western and socialist countries felt disillusioned by the brutal Soviet response. Cold War_sentence_301

The communist parties in the West would never recover from the effect the Hungarian Revolution had on their membership, a fact that was immediately recognized by some, such as the Yugoslavian politician Milovan Đilas who shortly after the revolution was crushed said that "The wound which the Hungarian Revolution inflicted on communism can never be completely healed". Cold War_sentence_302

Berlin ultimatum Cold War_section_20

Main articles: Berlin Crisis of 1961 § Berlin ultimatum, and European integration Cold War_sentence_303

During November 1958, Khrushchev made an unsuccessful attempt to turn all of Berlin into an independent, demilitarized "free city". Cold War_sentence_304

He gave the United States, Great Britain, and France a six-month ultimatum to withdraw their troops from the sectors they still occupied in West Berlin, or he would transfer control of Western access rights to the East Germans. Cold War_sentence_305

Khrushchev earlier explained to Mao Zedong that "Berlin is the testicles of the West. Cold War_sentence_306

Every time I want to make the West scream, I squeeze on Berlin." Cold War_sentence_307

NATO formally rejected the ultimatum in mid-December and Khrushchev withdrew it in return for a Geneva conference on the German question. Cold War_sentence_308

American military buildup Cold War_section_21

Main article: Flexible response Cold War_sentence_309

Kennedy's foreign policy was dominated by American confrontations with the Soviet Union, manifested by proxy contests. Cold War_sentence_310

Like Truman and Eisenhower, Kennedy supported containment to stop the spread of Communism. Cold War_sentence_311

President Eisenhower's New Look policy had emphasized the use of less expensive nuclear weapons to deter Soviet aggression by threatening massive nuclear attacks all of the Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_312

Nuclear weapons were much cheaper than maintaining a large standing army, so Eisenhower cut conventional forces to save money. Cold War_sentence_313

Kennedy implemented a new strategy known as flexible response. Cold War_sentence_314

This strategy relied on conventional arms to achieve limited goals. Cold War_sentence_315

As part of this policy, Kennedy expanded the United States special operations forces, elite military units that could fight unconventionally in various conflicts. Cold War_sentence_316

Kennedy hoped that the flexible response strategy would allow the US to counter Soviet influence without resorting to nuclear war. Cold War_sentence_317

To support his new strategy Kennedy ordered a massive increase in defense spending. Cold War_sentence_318

He sought, and Congress provided, a rapid build-up of the nuclear arsenal to restore the lost superiority over the Soviet Union—he claimed in 1960 that Eisenhower had lost it because of excessive concern with budget deficits. Cold War_sentence_319

In his inaugural address Kennedy promised "to bear any burden" in the defense of liberty, and he repeatedly asked for increases in military spending and authorization of new weapon systems. Cold War_sentence_320

From 1961 to 1964 the number of nuclear weapons increased by 50 percent, as did the number of B-52 bombers to deliver them. Cold War_sentence_321

The new ICBM force grew from 63 intercontinental ballistic missiles to 424. Cold War_sentence_322

He authorized 23 new Polaris submarines, each of which carried 16 nuclear missiles. Cold War_sentence_323

He called on cities to prepare fallout shelters for nuclear war. Cold War_sentence_324

In contrast to Eisenhower's warning about the perils of the military-industrial complex, Kennedy focused on rearmament. Cold War_sentence_325

Competition in the Third World Cold War_section_22

Main articles: Decolonization § After 1945, Wars of national liberation, 1953 Iranian coup d'état, 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état, Congo Crisis, and Partition of Vietnam Cold War_sentence_326

Nationalist movements in some countries and regions, notably Guatemala, Indonesia and Indochina, were often allied with communist groups or otherwise perceived to be unfriendly to Western interests . Cold War_sentence_327

In this context, the United States and the Soviet Union increasingly competed for influence by proxy in the Third World as decolonization gained momentum in the 1950s and early 1960s. Cold War_sentence_328

Both sides were selling armaments to gain influence. Cold War_sentence_329

The Kremlin saw continuing territorial losses by imperial powers as presaging the eventual victory of their ideology. Cold War_sentence_330

The United States used the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to undermine neutral or hostile Third World governments and to support allied ones. Cold War_sentence_331

In 1953, President Eisenhower implemented Operation Ajax, a covert coup operation to overthrow the Iranian prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh. Cold War_sentence_332

The popularly elected Mosaddegh had been a Middle Eastern nemesis of Britain since nationalizing the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in 1951. Cold War_sentence_333

Winston Churchill told the United States that Mosaddegh was "increasingly turning towards Communist influence." Cold War_sentence_334

The pro-Western shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, assumed control as an autocratic monarch. Cold War_sentence_335

The shah's policies included banning the communist Tudeh Party of Iran, and general suppression of political dissent by SAVAK, the shah's domestic security and intelligence agency. Cold War_sentence_336

In Guatemala, a banana republic, the 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état ousted the left-wing President Jacobo Árbenz with material CIA support. Cold War_sentence_337

The post-Arbenz government—a military junta headed by Carlos Castillo Armas—repealed a progressive land reform law, returned nationalized property belonging to the United Fruit Company, set up a National Committee of Defense Against Communism, and decreed a Preventive Penal Law Against Communism at the request of the United States. Cold War_sentence_338

The non-aligned Indonesian government of Sukarno was faced with a major threat to its legitimacy beginning in 1956, when several regional commanders began to demand autonomy from Jakarta. Cold War_sentence_339

After mediation failed, Sukarno took action to remove the dissident commanders. Cold War_sentence_340

In February 1958, dissident military commanders in Central Sumatera (Colonel Ahmad Hussein) and North Sulawesi (Colonel Ventje Sumual) declared the Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Indonesia-Permesta Movement aimed at overthrowing the Sukarno regime. Cold War_sentence_341

They were joined by many civilian politicians from the Masyumi Party, such as Sjafruddin Prawiranegara, who were opposed to the growing influence of the communist Partai Komunis Indonesia party. Cold War_sentence_342

Due to their anti-communist rhetoric, the rebels received arms, funding, and other covert aid from the CIA until Allen Lawrence Pope, an American pilot, was shot down after a bombing raid on government-held Ambon in April 1958. Cold War_sentence_343

The central government responded by launching airborne and seaborne military invasions of rebel strongholds Padang and Manado. Cold War_sentence_344

By the end of 1958, the rebels were militarily defeated, and the last remaining rebel guerilla bands surrendered by August 1961. Cold War_sentence_345

In the Republic of the Congo, newly independent from Belgium since June 1960, the CIA-cultivated President Joseph Kasa-Vubu ordered the dismissal of the democratically elected Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba and the Lumumba cabinet in September. Cold War_sentence_346

In the ensuing Congo Crisis, the CIA-backed Colonel Mobutu Sese Seko quickly mobilized his forces to seize power through a military coup d'état, and worked with Western intelligence agencies to assassinate Lumumba. Cold War_sentence_347

In British Guiana, the leftist People's Progressive Party (PPP) candidate Cheddi Jagan won the position of chief minister in a colonially administered election in 1953, but was quickly forced to resign from power after Britain's suspension of the still-dependent nation's constitution. Cold War_sentence_348

Embarrassed by the landslide electoral victory of Jagan's allegedly Marxist party, the British imprisoned the PPP's leadership and maneuvered the organization into a divisive rupture in 1955, engineering a split between Jagan and his PPP colleagues. Cold War_sentence_349

Jagan again won the colonial elections in 1957 and 1961; despite Britain's shift to a reconsideration of its view of the left-wing Jagan as a Soviet-style communist at this time, the United States pressured the British to withhold Guyana's independence until an alternative to Jagan could be identified, supported, and brought into office. Cold War_sentence_350

Worn down by the communist guerrilla war for Vietnamese independence and handed a watershed defeat by communist Viet Minh rebels at the 1954 Battle of Dien Bien Phu, the French accepted a negotiated abandonment of their colonial stake in Vietnam. Cold War_sentence_351

In the Geneva Conference, peace accords were signed, leaving Vietnam divided between a pro-Soviet administration in North Vietnam and a pro-Western administration in South Vietnam at the 17th parallel north. Cold War_sentence_352

Between 1954 and 1961, Eisenhower's United States sent economic aid and military advisers to strengthen South Vietnam's pro-Western regime against communist efforts to destabilize it. Cold War_sentence_353

Many emerging nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America rejected the pressure to choose sides in the East–West competition. Cold War_sentence_354

In 1955, at the Bandung Conference in Indonesia, dozens of Third World governments resolved to stay out of the Cold War. Cold War_sentence_355

The consensus reached at Bandung culminated with the creation of the Belgrade-headquartered Non-Aligned Movement in 1961. Cold War_sentence_356

Meanwhile, Khrushchev broadened Moscow's policy to establish ties with India and other key neutral states. Cold War_sentence_357

Independence movements in the Third World transformed the post-war order into a more pluralistic world of decolonized African and Middle Eastern nations and of rising nationalism in Asia and Latin America. Cold War_sentence_358

Sino-Soviet split Cold War_section_23

Main article: Sino-Soviet split Cold War_sentence_359

After 1956, the Sino-Soviet alliance began to break down. Cold War_sentence_360

Mao had defended Stalin when Khrushchev criticized him in 1956, and treated the new Soviet leader as a superficial upstart, accusing him of having lost his revolutionary edge. Cold War_sentence_361

For his part, Khrushchev, disturbed by Mao's glib attitude toward nuclear war, referred to the Chinese leader as a "lunatic on a throne". Cold War_sentence_362

After this, Khrushchev made many desperate attempts to reconstitute the Sino-Soviet alliance, but Mao considered it useless and denied any proposal. Cold War_sentence_363

The Chinese-Soviet animosity spilled out in an intra-communist propaganda war. Cold War_sentence_364

Further on, the Soviets focused on a bitter rivalry with Mao's China for leadership of the global communist movement. Cold War_sentence_365

Historian Lorenz M. Lüthi argues: Cold War_sentence_366

Cold War_description_list_2

  • The Sino-Soviet split was one of the key events of the Cold War, equal in importance to the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Second Vietnam War, and Sino-American rapprochement. The split helped to determine the framework of the Second Cold War in general, and influenced the course of the Second Vietnam War in particular.Cold War_item_2_8

Space Race Cold War_section_24

Main article: Space Race Cold War_sentence_367

On the nuclear weapons front, the United States and the USSR pursued nuclear rearmament and developed long-range weapons with which they could strike the territory of the other. Cold War_sentence_368

In August 1957, the Soviets successfully launched the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and in October they launched the first Earth satellite, Sputnik 1. Cold War_sentence_369

The launch of Sputnik inaugurated the Space Race. Cold War_sentence_370

This led to the Apollo Moon landings by the United States, which astronaut Frank Borman later described as "just a battle in the Cold War." Cold War_sentence_371

Cuban Revolution and the Bay of Pigs Invasion Cold War_section_25

Main articles: Cuban Revolution and Bay of Pigs Invasion Cold War_sentence_372

In Cuba, the 26th of July Movement, led by young revolutionaries Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, seized power in the Cuban Revolution on 1 January 1959, toppling President Fulgencio Batista, whose unpopular regime had been denied arms by the Eisenhower administration. Cold War_sentence_373

Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States continued for some time after Batista's fall, but President Eisenhower deliberately left the capital to avoid meeting Castro during the latter's trip to Washington, DC in April, leaving Vice President Richard Nixon to conduct the meeting in his place. Cold War_sentence_374

Cuba began negotiating for arms purchases from the Eastern Bloc in March 1960. Cold War_sentence_375

In March of that year Eisenhower gave approval to CIA plans and funding to overthrow Castro. Cold War_sentence_376

In January 1961, just prior to leaving office, Eisenhower formally severed relations with the Cuban government. Cold War_sentence_377

That April, the administration of newly elected American President John F. Kennedy mounted the unsuccessful CIA-organized ship-borne invasion of the island at Playa Girón and Playa Larga in Santa Clara Province—a failure that publicly humiliated the United States. Cold War_sentence_378

Castro responded by publicly embracing Marxism–Leninism, and the Soviet Union pledged to provide further support. Cold War_sentence_379

In December, the U.S. government began a campaign of terrorist attacks against the Cuban people and covert operations against the administration, in an attempt to bring down the Cuban government. Cold War_sentence_380

Berlin Crisis of 1961 Cold War_section_26

Main article: Berlin Crisis of 1961 Cold War_sentence_381

Further information: Berlin Wall and Eastern Bloc emigration and defection Cold War_sentence_382

The Berlin Crisis of 1961 was the last major incident in the Cold War regarding the status of Berlin and post–World War II Germany. Cold War_sentence_383

By the early 1950s, the Soviet approach to restricting emigration movement was emulated by most of the rest of the Eastern Bloc. Cold War_sentence_384

However, hundreds of thousands of East Germans annually emigrated to West Germany through a "loophole" in the system that existed between East Berlin and West Berlin, where the four occupying World War II powers governed movement. Cold War_sentence_385

The emigration resulted in a massive "brain drain" from East Germany to West Germany of younger educated professionals, such that nearly 20% of East Germany's population had migrated to West Germany by 1961. Cold War_sentence_386

That June, the Soviet Union issued a new ultimatum demanding the withdrawal of Allied forces from West Berlin. Cold War_sentence_387

The request was rebuffed, and on 13 August, East Germany erected a barbed-wire barrier that would eventually be expanded through construction into the Berlin Wall, effectively closing the loophole. Cold War_sentence_388

Cuban Missile Crisis and Khrushchev's ousting Cold War_section_27

Main articles: Cuban Project and Cuban Missile Crisis Cold War_sentence_389

The Kennedy administration continued seeking ways to oust Castro following the Bay of Pigs Invasion, experimenting with various ways of covertly facilitating the overthrow of the Cuban government. Cold War_sentence_390

Significant hopes were pinned on the program of terrorist attacks and other destabilisation operations known as Operation Mongoose, devised under the Kennedy administration in 1961. Cold War_sentence_391

Khrushchev learned of the project in February 1962, and preparations to install Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba were undertaken in response. Cold War_sentence_392

Alarmed, Kennedy considered various reactions. Cold War_sentence_393

He ultimately responded to the installation of nuclear missiles in Cuba with a naval blockade, and he presented an ultimatum to the Soviets. Cold War_sentence_394

Khrushchev backed down from a confrontation, and the Soviet Union removed the missiles in return for a public American pledge not to invade Cuba again as well as a covert deal to remove US missiles from Turkey. Cold War_sentence_395

Castro later admitted that "I would have agreed to the use of nuclear weapons. Cold War_sentence_396

... we took it for granted that it would become a nuclear war anyway, and that we were going to disappear." Cold War_sentence_397

The Cuban Missile Crisis (October–November 1962) brought the world closer to nuclear war than ever before. Cold War_sentence_398

The aftermath of the crisis led to the first efforts in the nuclear arms race at nuclear disarmament and improving relations, although the Cold War's first arms control agreement, the Antarctic Treaty, had come into force in 1961. Cold War_sentence_399

In 1964, Khrushchev's Kremlin colleagues managed to oust him, but allowed him a peaceful retirement. Cold War_sentence_400

Accused of rudeness and incompetence, John Lewis Gaddis argues that Krhuschev was also credited with ruining Soviet agriculture, bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war and that Khrushchev had become an 'international embarrassment' when he authorized construction of the Berlin Wall. Cold War_sentence_401

From confrontation to détente (1962–1979) Cold War_section_28

Main article: Cold War (1962–1979) Cold War_sentence_402

In the course of the 1960s and 1970s, Cold War participants struggled to adjust to a new, more complicated pattern of international relations in which the world was no longer divided into two clearly opposed blocs. Cold War_sentence_403

From the beginning of the post-war period, Western Europe and Japan rapidly recovered from the destruction of World War II and sustained strong economic growth through the 1950s and 1960s, with per capita GDPs approaching those of the United States, while Eastern Bloc economies stagnated. Cold War_sentence_404

The Vietnam War descended into a quagmire for the United States, leading to a decline in international prestige and economic stability, derailing arms agreements, and provoking domestic unrest. Cold War_sentence_405

America's withdrawal from the war led it to embrace a policy of detente with both China and the Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_406

In the 1973 oil crisis, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cut their petroleum output. Cold War_sentence_407

This raised oil prices and hurt Western economies, but helped the Soviet Union by generating a huge flow of money from its oil sales. Cold War_sentence_408

As a result of the oil crisis, combined with the growing influence of Third World alignments such as OPEC and the Non-Aligned Movement, less powerful countries had more room to assert their independence and often showed themselves resistant to pressure from either superpower. Cold War_sentence_409

Meanwhile, Moscow was forced to turn its attention inward to deal with the Soviet Union's deep-seated domestic economic problems. Cold War_sentence_410

During this period, Soviet leaders such as Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin embraced the notion of détente. Cold War_sentence_411

Vietnam War Cold War_section_29

Main articles: Vietnam War and Opposition to the Vietnam War Cold War_sentence_412

Under President John F. Kennedy, US troop levels in Vietnam grew under the Military Assistance Advisory Group program from just under a thousand in 1959 to 16,000 in 1963. Cold War_sentence_413

South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem's heavy-handed crackdown on Buddhist monks in 1963 led the US to endorse a deadly military coup against Diem. Cold War_sentence_414

The war escalated further in 1964 following the controversial Gulf of Tonkin incident, in which a U.S. destroyer was alleged to have clashed with North Vietnamese fast attack craft. Cold War_sentence_415

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gave President Lyndon B. Johnson broad authorization to increase U.S. military presence, deploying ground combat units for the first time and increasing troop levels to 184,000. Cold War_sentence_416

Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev responded by reversing Khrushchev's policy of disengagement and increasing aid to the North Vietnamese, hoping to entice the North from its pro-Chinese position. Cold War_sentence_417

The USSR discouraged further escalation of the war, however, providing just enough military assistance to tie up American forces. Cold War_sentence_418

From this point, the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), also known as the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) engaged in more conventional warfare with US and South Vietnamese forces. Cold War_sentence_419

The Tet Offensive of 1968 proved to be the turning point of the war. Cold War_sentence_420

Despite years of American tutelage and aid the South Vietnamese forces were unable to withstand the communist offensive and the task fell to US forces instead. Cold War_sentence_421

Tet showed that the end of US involvement was not in sight, increasing domestic skepticism of the war and giving rise to what was referred to as the Vietnam Syndrome, a public aversion to American overseas military involvements. Cold War_sentence_422

Nonetheless operations continued to cross international boundaries: bordering areas of Laos and Cambodia were used by North Vietnam as supply routes, and were heavily bombed by U.S. forces. Cold War_sentence_423

At the same time, 1963–65, American domestic politics saw the triumph of liberalism. Cold War_sentence_424

According to historian Joseph Crespino: Cold War_sentence_425

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  • It has become a staple of twentieth-century historiography that Cold War concerns were at the root of a number of progressive political accomplishments in the postwar period: a high progressive marginal tax rate that helped fund the arms race and contributed to broad income equality; bipartisan support for far-reaching civil rights legislation that transformed politics and society in the American South, which had long given the lie to America’s egalitarian ethos; bipartisan support for overturning an explicitly racist immigration system that had been in place since the 1920s; and free health care for the elderly and the poor, a partial fulfillment of one of the unaccomplished goals of the New Deal era. The list could go on.Cold War_item_3_9

French withdrawal from NATO military structures Cold War_section_30

Main article: Foreign policy of Charles de Gaulle § Partial withdrawal from NATO in 1966 Cold War_sentence_426

The unity of NATO was breached early in its history, with a crisis occurring during Charles de Gaulle's presidency of France. Cold War_sentence_427

De Gaulle protested at the strong role of the United States in the organization and what he perceived as a special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. Cold War_sentence_428

In a memorandum sent to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan on 17 September 1958, he argued for the creation of a tripartite directorate that would put France on an equal footing with the United States and the United Kingdom, and also for the expansion of NATO's coverage to include geographical areas of interest to France, most notably French Algeria, where France was waging a counter-insurgency and sought NATO assistance. Cold War_sentence_429

De Gaulle considered the response he received to be unsatisfactory, and began the development of an independent French nuclear deterrent. Cold War_sentence_430

In 1966 he withdrew France from NATO's military structures and expelled NATO troops from French soil. Cold War_sentence_431

Invasion of Czechoslovakia Cold War_section_31

Main articles: Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia Cold War_sentence_432

In 1968, a period of political liberalization took place in Czechoslovakia called the Prague Spring. Cold War_sentence_433

An "Action Program" of reforms included increasing freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of movement, along with an economic emphasis on consumer goods, the possibility of a multiparty government, limitations on the power of the secret police, and potential withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact. Cold War_sentence_434

In answer to the Prague Spring, on 20 August 1968, the Soviet Army, together with most of their Warsaw Pact allies, invaded Czechoslovakia. Cold War_sentence_435

The invasion was followed by a wave of emigration, including an estimated 70,000 Czechs and Slovaks initially fleeing, with the total eventually reaching 300,000. Cold War_sentence_436

The invasion sparked intense protests from Yugoslavia, Romania, China, and from Western European communist parties. Cold War_sentence_437

Brezhnev Doctrine Cold War_section_32

Main article: Brezhnev Doctrine Cold War_sentence_438

In September 1968, during a speech at the Fifth Congress of the Polish United Workers' Party one month after the invasion of Czechoslovakia, Brezhnev outlined the Brezhnev Doctrine, in which he claimed the right to violate the sovereignty of any country attempting to replace Marxism–Leninism with capitalism. Cold War_sentence_439

During the speech, Brezhnev stated: Cold War_sentence_440

The doctrine found its origins in the failures of Marxism–Leninism in states like Poland, Hungary and East Germany, which were facing a declining standard of living contrasting with the prosperity of West Germany and the rest of Western Europe. Cold War_sentence_441

Third World escalations Cold War_section_33

See also: 1964 Brazilian coup d'état, Dominican Civil War, Indonesian mass killings of 1965–66, Vietnam War, 1973 Chilean coup d'état, 1973 Uruguayan coup d'état, 1976 Argentine coup d'état, Operation Condor, Six-Day War, Task Force 74, War of Attrition, Yom Kippur War, Ogaden War, Angolan Civil War, South African Border War, Indonesian invasion of East Timor, Re-education camp (Vietnam), Vietnamese boat people, and Stability–instability paradox Cold War_sentence_442

Under the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration, which gained power after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the US took a more hardline stance on Latin America—sometimes called the "Mann Doctrine". Cold War_sentence_443

In 1964, the Brazilian military overthrew the government of president João Goulart with US backing. Cold War_sentence_444

In late April 1965, the US sent some 22,000 troops to the Dominican Republic for a one-year occupation in an invasion codenamed Operation Power Pack, citing the threat of the emergence of a Cuban-style revolution in Latin America. Cold War_sentence_445

Héctor García-Godoy acted as provisional president, until conservative former president Joaquín Balaguer won the 1966 presidential election against non-campaigning former President Juan Bosch. Cold War_sentence_446

Activists for Bosch's Dominican Revolutionary Party were violently harassed by the Dominican police and armed forces. Cold War_sentence_447

In Indonesia, the hardline anti-communist General Suharto wrested control of the state from his predecessor Sukarno in an attempt to establish a "New Order". Cold War_sentence_448

From 1965 to 1966, with the aid of the United States and other Western governments, the military led the mass killing of more than 500,000 members and sympathizers of the Indonesian Communist Party and other leftist organizations, and detained hundreds of thousands more in prison camps around the country under extremely inhumane conditions. Cold War_sentence_449

A top-secret CIA report stated that the massacres "rank as one of the worst mass murders of the 20th century, along with the Soviet purges of the 1930s, the Nazi mass murders during the Second World War, and the Maoist bloodbath of the early 1950s." Cold War_sentence_450

These killings served US strategic interests and constitute a major turning point in the Cold War as the balance of power shifted in Southeast Asia. Cold War_sentence_451

Escalating the scale of American intervention in the ongoing conflict between Ngô Đình Diệm's South Vietnamese government and the communist National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF) insurgents opposing it, Johnson deployed some 575,000 troops in Southeast Asia to defeat the NLF and their North Vietnamese allies in the Vietnam War, but his costly policy weakened the US economy and, by 1975, it ultimately culminated in what most of the world saw as a humiliating defeat of the world's most powerful superpower at the hands of one of the world's poorest nations. Cold War_sentence_452

The Middle East remained a source of contention. Cold War_sentence_453

Egypt, which received the bulk of its arms and economic assistance from the USSR, was a troublesome client, with a reluctant Soviet Union feeling obliged to assist in both the 1967 Six-Day War (with advisers and technicians) and the War of Attrition (with pilots and aircraft) against pro-Western Israel. Cold War_sentence_454

Despite the beginning of an Egyptian shift from a pro-Soviet to a pro-American orientation in 1972 (under Egypt's new leader Anwar Sadat), rumors of imminent Soviet intervention on the Egyptians' behalf during the 1973 Yom Kippur War brought about a massive American mobilization that threatened to wreck détente. Cold War_sentence_455

Although pre-Sadat Egypt had been the largest recipient of Soviet aid in the Middle East, the Soviets were also successful in establishing close relations with communist South Yemen, as well as the nationalist governments of Algeria and Iraq. Cold War_sentence_456

Iraq signed a 15-year Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with the Soviet Union in 1972. Cold War_sentence_457

According to historian Charles R.H. Tripp, the treaty upset "the US-sponsored security system established as part of the Cold War in the Middle East. Cold War_sentence_458

It appeared that any enemy of the Baghdad regime was a potential ally of the United States." Cold War_sentence_459

In response, the US covertly financed Kurdish rebels led by Mustafa Barzani during the Second Iraqi–Kurdish War; the Kurds were defeated in 1975, leading to the forcible relocation of hundreds of thousands of Kurdish civilians. Cold War_sentence_460

Indirect Soviet assistance to the Palestinian side of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict included support for Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Cold War_sentence_461

In East Africa, a territorial dispute between Somalia and Ethiopia over the Ogaden region resulted in the Ogaden War. Cold War_sentence_462

Around June 1977, Somali troops occupied the Ogaden and began advancing inland towards Ethiopian positions in the Ahmar Mountains. Cold War_sentence_463

Both countries were client states of the Soviet Union; Somalia was led by self-proclaimed Marxist military leader Siad Barre, and Ethiopia was controlled by the Derg, a cabal of military generals loyal to the pro-Soviet Mengistu Haile Mariam, who had declared the Provisional Military Government of Socialist Ethiopia in 1975. Cold War_sentence_464

The Soviets initially attempted to exert a moderating influence on both states, but in November 1977 Barre broke off relations with Moscow and expelled his Soviet military advisers. Cold War_sentence_465

He then turned to the China and Safari Club—a group of pro-American intelligence agencies including those of Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia—for support and weapons. Cold War_sentence_466

While declining to take a direct part in hostilities, the Soviet Union did provide the impetus for a successful Ethiopian counteroffensive to expel Somalia from the Ogaden. Cold War_sentence_467

The counteroffensive was planned at the command level by Soviet advisers attached to the Ethiopian general staff, and bolstered by the delivery of millions of dollars' of sophisticated Soviet arms. Cold War_sentence_468

About 11,000 Cuban troops spearheaded the primary effort, after receiving a hasty training on some of the newly delivered Soviet weapons systems by East German instructors. Cold War_sentence_469

In Chile, the Socialist Party candidate Salvador Allende won the presidential election of 1970, thereby becoming the first democratically elected Marxist to become president of a country in the Americas. Cold War_sentence_470

The CIA targeted Allende for removal and operated to undermine his support domestically, which contributed to a period of unrest culminating in General Augusto Pinochet's coup d'état on 11 September 1973. Cold War_sentence_471

Pinochet consolidated power as a military dictator, Allende's reforms of the economy were rolled back, and leftist opponents were killed or detained in internment camps under the Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (DINA). Cold War_sentence_472

The Socialist states—with the exception of China and Romania—broke off relations with Chile. Cold War_sentence_473

The Pinochet regime would go on to be one of the leading participants in Operation Condor, an international campaign of political assassination and state terrorism organized by right-wing military dictatorships in the Southern Cone of South America that was covertly supported by the US government. Cold War_sentence_474

On 24 April 1974, the Carnation Revolution succeeded in ousting Marcelo Caetano and Portugal's right-wing Estado Novo government, sounding the death knell for the Portuguese Empire. Cold War_sentence_475

Independence was hastily granted to a number of Portuguese colonies, including Angola, where the disintegration of colonial rule was followed by a violent civil war. Cold War_sentence_476

There were three rival militant factions competing for power in Angola, the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), and the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA). Cold War_sentence_477

While all three had socialist leanings, the MPLA was the only party with close ties to the Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_478

Its adherence to the concept of a one-party state alienated it from the FNLA and UNITA, which began portraying themselves as anti-communist and pro-Western in orientation. Cold War_sentence_479

When the Soviets began supplying the MPLA with arms, the CIA and China offered substantial covert aid to the FNLA and UNITA. Cold War_sentence_480

The MPLA eventually requested direct military support from Moscow in the form of ground troops, but the Soviets declined, offering to send advisers but no combat personnel. Cold War_sentence_481

Cuba was more forthcoming and began amassing troops in Angola to assist the MPLA. Cold War_sentence_482

By November 1975 there were over a thousand Cuban soldiers in the country. Cold War_sentence_483

The persistent buildup of Cuban troops and Soviet weapons allowed the MPLA to secure victory and blunt an abortive intervention by Zairean and South African troops, which had deployed in a belated attempt to assist the FNLA and UNITA. Cold War_sentence_484

During the Vietnam War, North Vietnam used border areas of Cambodia as military bases, which Cambodian head of state Norodom Sihanouk tolerated in an attempt to preserve Cambodia's neutrality. Cold War_sentence_485

Following Sihanouk's March 1970 deposition by pro-American general Lon Nol, who ordered the North Vietnamese to leave Cambodia, North Vietnam attempted to overrun all of Cambodia following negotiations with Nuon Chea, the second-in-command of the Cambodian communists (dubbed the Khmer Rouge) fighting to overthrow the Cambodian government. Cold War_sentence_486

Sihanouk fled to China with the establishment of the GRUNK in Beijing. Cold War_sentence_487

American and South Vietnamese forces responded to these actions with a bombing campaign and a brief ground incursion, which contributed to the violence of the civil war that soon enveloped all of Cambodia. Cold War_sentence_488

US carpet bombing lasted until 1973, and while it prevented the Khmer Rouge from seizing the capital, it also accelerated the collapse of rural society, increased social polarization, and killed tens of thousands of civilians. Cold War_sentence_489

After taking power and distancing himself from the Vietnamese, pro-China Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot killed 1.5 to 2 million Cambodians in the killing fields, roughly a quarter of the Cambodian population (an event commonly labelled the Cambodian genocide). Cold War_sentence_490

Martin Shaw described these atrocities as "the purest genocide of the Cold War era." Cold War_sentence_491

Backed by the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation, an organization of Khmer pro-Soviet Communists and Khmer Rouge defectors led by Heng Samrin, Vietnam invaded Cambodia on 22 December 1978. Cold War_sentence_492

The invasion succeeded in deposing Pol Pot, but the new state would struggle to gain international recognition beyond the Soviet Bloc sphere, despite the previous international outcry at the Pol Pot regime's gross human rights violations, representatives of Khmer Rouge were allowed to be seated in the UN General Assembly, with strong support from China and Western powers, the member countries of ASEAN, and it would become bogged down in a guerrilla war led from refugee camps located on the border with Thailand. Cold War_sentence_493

Following the destruction of Khmer Rouge, the national reconstruction of Cambodia would be severely hampered, and Vietnam would suffer a punitive Chinese attack. Cold War_sentence_494

Sino-American rapprochement Cold War_section_34

Main article: 1972 Nixon visit to China Cold War_sentence_495

As a result of the Sino-Soviet split, tensions along the Chinese–Soviet border reached their peak in 1969, and United States President Richard Nixon decided to use the conflict to shift the balance of power towards the West in the Cold War. Cold War_sentence_496

The Chinese had sought improved relations with the Americans in order to gain advantage over the Soviets as well. Cold War_sentence_497

In February 1972, Nixon achieved a stunning rapprochement with China, traveling to Beijing and meeting with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai. Cold War_sentence_498

At this time, the USSR achieved rough nuclear parity with the United States; meanwhile, the Vietnam War both weakened America's influence in the Third World and cooled relations with Western Europe. Cold War_sentence_499

Although indirect conflict between Cold War powers continued through the late 1960s and early 1970s, tensions were beginning to ease. Cold War_sentence_500

Nixon, Brezhnev, and détente Cold War_section_35

Main articles: Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, Vladivostok Summit Meeting on Arms Control, Helsinki Accords, and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Cold War_sentence_501

Following his visit to China, Nixon met with Soviet leaders, including Brezhnev in Moscow. Cold War_sentence_502

These Strategic Arms Limitation Talks resulted in two landmark arms control treaties: SALT I, the first comprehensive limitation pact signed by the two superpowers, and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which banned the development of systems designed to intercept incoming missiles. Cold War_sentence_503

These aimed to limit the development of costly anti-ballistic missiles and nuclear missiles. Cold War_sentence_504

Nixon and Brezhnev proclaimed a new era of "peaceful coexistence" and established the groundbreaking new policy of détente (or cooperation) between the two superpowers. Cold War_sentence_505

Meanwhile, Brezhnev attempted to revive the Soviet economy, which was declining in part because of heavy military expenditures. Cold War_sentence_506

Between 1972 and 1974, the two sides also agreed to strengthen their economic ties, including agreements for increased trade. Cold War_sentence_507

As a result of their meetings, détente would replace the hostility of the Cold War and the two countries would live mutually. Cold War_sentence_508

These developments coincided with Bonn's "Ostpolitik" policy formulated by the West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, an effort to normalize relations between West Germany and Eastern Europe. Cold War_sentence_509

Other agreements were concluded to stabilize the situation in Europe, culminating in the Helsinki Accords signed at the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe in 1975. Cold War_sentence_510

Kissinger and Nixon were "realists" who deemphasized idealistic goals like anti-communism or promotion of democracy worldwide, because those goals were too expensive in terms of America's economic capabilities. Cold War_sentence_511

Instead of a Cold War they wanted peace, trade and cultural exchanges. Cold War_sentence_512

They realized that Americans were no longer willing to tax themselves for idealistic foreign policy goals, especially for containment policies that never seemed to produce positive results. Cold War_sentence_513

Instead Nixon and Kissinger sought to downsize America's global commitments in proportion to its reduced economic, moral and political power. Cold War_sentence_514

They rejected "idealism" as impractical and too expensive, and neither man showed much sensitivity to the plight of people living under Communism. Cold War_sentence_515

Kissinger's realism fell out of fashion as idealism returned to American foreign policy with Carter's moralism emphasizing human rights, and Reagan's rollback strategy aimed at destroying Communism. Cold War_sentence_516

Late 1970s deterioration of relations Cold War_section_36

In the 1970s, the KGB, led by Yuri Andropov, continued to persecute distinguished Soviet personalities such as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov, who were criticising the Soviet leadership in harsh terms. Cold War_sentence_517

Indirect conflict between the superpowers continued through this period of détente in the Third World, particularly during political crises in the Middle East, Chile, Ethiopia, and Angola. Cold War_sentence_518

Although President Jimmy Carter tried to place another limit on the arms race with a SALT II agreement in 1979, his efforts were undermined by the other events that year, including the Iranian Revolution and the Nicaraguan Revolution, which both ousted pro-US regimes, and his retaliation against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in December. Cold War_sentence_519

New Cold War (1979–1985) Cold War_section_37

Main article: Cold War (1979–1985) Cold War_sentence_520

The term new Cold War refers to the period of intensive reawakening of Cold War tensions and conflicts in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Cold War_sentence_521

Tensions greatly increased between the major powers with both sides becoming more militant. Cold War_sentence_522

Diggins says, "Reagan went all out to fight the second cold war, by supporting counterinsurgencies in the third world." Cold War_sentence_523

Cox says, "The intensity of this 'second' Cold War was as great as its duration was short." Cold War_sentence_524

Soviet War in Afghanistan Cold War_section_38

Main articles: War in Afghanistan (1978–present) and Soviet–Afghan War Cold War_sentence_525

In April 1978, the communist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) seized power in Afghanistan in the Saur Revolution. Cold War_sentence_526

Within months, opponents of the communist government launched an uprising in eastern Afghanistan that quickly expanded into a civil war waged by guerrilla mujahideen against government forces countrywide. Cold War_sentence_527

The Islamic Unity of Afghanistan Mujahideen insurgents received military training and weapons in neighboring Pakistan and China, while the Soviet Union sent thousands of military advisers to support the PDPA government. Cold War_sentence_528

Meanwhile, increasing friction between the competing factions of the PDPA—the dominant Khalq and the more moderate Parcham—resulted in the dismissal of Parchami cabinet members and the arrest of Parchami military officers under the pretext of a Parchami coup. Cold War_sentence_529

By mid-1979, the United States had started a covert program to assist the mujahideen. Cold War_sentence_530

In September 1979, Khalqist President Nur Muhammad Taraki was assassinated in a coup within the PDPA orchestrated by fellow Khalq member Hafizullah Amin, who assumed the presidency. Cold War_sentence_531

Distrusted by the Soviets, Amin was assassinated by Soviet special forces in December 1979. Cold War_sentence_532

A Soviet-organized government, led by Parcham's Babrak Karmal but inclusive of both factions, filled the vacuum. Cold War_sentence_533

Soviet troops were deployed to stabilize Afghanistan under Karmal in more substantial numbers, although the Soviet government did not expect to do most of the fighting in Afghanistan. Cold War_sentence_534

As a result, however, the Soviets were now directly involved in what had been a domestic war in Afghanistan. Cold War_sentence_535

Carter responded to the Soviet intervention by withdrawing the SALT II treaty from ratification, imposing embargoes on grain and technology shipments to the USSR, and demanding a significant increase in military spending, and further announced that the United States would boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Cold War_sentence_536

He described the Soviet incursion as "the most serious threat to the peace since the Second World War". Cold War_sentence_537

Reagan and Thatcher Cold War_section_39

Further information: Reagan Doctrine and Thatcherism Cold War_sentence_538

In January 1977, four years prior to becoming president, Ronald Reagan bluntly stated, in a conversation with Richard V. Allen, his basic expectation in relation to the Cold War. Cold War_sentence_539

"My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic," he said. Cold War_sentence_540

"It is this: We win and they lose. Cold War_sentence_541

What do you think of that?" Cold War_sentence_542

In 1980, Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election, vowing to increase military spending and confront the Soviets everywhere. Cold War_sentence_543

Both Reagan and new British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher denounced the Soviet Union and its ideology. Cold War_sentence_544

Reagan labeled the Soviet Union an "evil empire" and predicted that Communism would be left on the "ash heap of history," while Thatcher inculpated the Soviets as "bent on world dominance." Cold War_sentence_545

In 1982, Reagan tried to cut off Moscow's access to hard currency by impeding its proposed gas line to Western Europe. Cold War_sentence_546

It hurt the Soviet economy, but it also caused ill will among American allies in Europe who counted on that revenue. Cold War_sentence_547

Reagan retreated on this issue. Cold War_sentence_548

By early 1985, Reagan's anti-communist position had developed into a stance known as the new Reagan Doctrine—which, in addition to containment, formulated an additional right to subvert existing communist governments. Cold War_sentence_549

Besides continuing Carter's policy of supporting the Islamic opponents of the Soviet Union and the Soviet-backed PDPA government in Afghanistan, the CIA also sought to weaken the Soviet Union itself by promoting Islamism in the majority-Muslim Central Asian Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_550

Additionally, the CIA encouraged anti-communist Pakistan's ISI to train Muslims from around the world to participate in the jihad against the Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_551

Polish Solidarity movement and martial law Cold War_section_40

Main articles: Solidarity (Polish trade union) and Martial law in Poland Cold War_sentence_552

Further information: Soviet reaction to the Polish crisis of 1980–81 Cold War_sentence_553

Pope John Paul II provided a moral focus for anti-communism; a visit to his native Poland in 1979 stimulated a religious and nationalist resurgence centered on the Solidarity movement that galvanized opposition and may have led to his attempted assassination two years later. Cold War_sentence_554

In December 1981, Poland's Wojciech Jaruzelski reacted to the crisis by imposing a period of martial law. Cold War_sentence_555

Reagan imposed economic sanctions on Poland in response. Cold War_sentence_556

Mikhail Suslov, the Kremlin's top ideologist, advised Soviet leaders not to intervene if Poland fell under the control of Solidarity, for fear it might lead to heavy economic sanctions, resulting in a catastrophe for the Soviet economy. Cold War_sentence_557

Soviet and US military and economic issues Cold War_section_41

Further information: Era of Stagnation, Strategic Defense Initiative, SS-20 Saber, and MGM-31 Pershing Cold War_sentence_558

The Soviet Union had built up a military that consumed as much as 25 percent of its gross national product at the expense of consumer goods and investment in civilian sectors. Cold War_sentence_559

Soviet spending on the arms race and other Cold War commitments both caused and exacerbated deep-seated structural problems in the Soviet system, which experienced at least a decade of economic stagnation during the late Brezhnev years. Cold War_sentence_560

Soviet investment in the defense sector was not driven by military necessity, but in large part by the interests of massive party and state bureaucracies dependent on the sector for their own power and privileges. Cold War_sentence_561

The Soviet Armed Forces became the largest in the world in terms of the numbers and types of weapons they possessed, in the number of troops in their ranks, and in the sheer size of their military–industrial base. Cold War_sentence_562

However, the quantitative advantages held by the Soviet military often concealed areas where the Eastern Bloc dramatically lagged behind the West. Cold War_sentence_563

For example, the Persian Gulf War demonstrated how the armor, fire control systems and firing range of the Soviet Union's most common main battle tank, the T-72, were drastically inferior to the American M1 Abrams, yet the USSR fielded almost three times as many T-72s as the US deployed M1s. Cold War_sentence_564

By the early 1980s, the USSR had built up a military arsenal and army surpassing that of the United States. Cold War_sentence_565

Soon after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, president Carter began massively building up the United States military. Cold War_sentence_566

This buildup was accelerated by the Reagan administration, which increased the military spending from 5.3 percent of GNP in 1981 to 6.5 percent in 1986, the largest peacetime defense buildup in United States history. Cold War_sentence_567

Tensions continued to intensify as Reagan revived the B-1 Lancer program, which had been canceled by the Carter administration, produced LGM-118 Peacekeeper missiles, installed US cruise missiles in Europe, and announced the experimental Strategic Defense Initiative, dubbed "Star Wars" by the media, a defense program to shoot down missiles in mid-flight. Cold War_sentence_568

The Soviets deployed RSD-10 Pioneer ballistic missiles targeting Western Europe, and NATO decided, under the impetus of the Carter presidency, to deploy MGM-31 Pershing and cruise missiles in Europe, primarily West Germany. Cold War_sentence_569

This deployment placed missiles just 10 minutes' striking distance from Moscow. Cold War_sentence_570

After Reagan's military buildup, the Soviet Union did not respond by further building its military, because the enormous military expenses, along with inefficient planned manufacturing and collectivized agriculture, were already a heavy burden for the Soviet economy. Cold War_sentence_571

At the same time, Saudi Arabia increased oil production, even as other non-OPEC nations were increasing production. Cold War_sentence_572

These developments contributed to the 1980s oil glut, which affected the Soviet Union as oil was the main source of Soviet export revenues. Cold War_sentence_573

Issues with command economics, oil price decreases and large military expenditures gradually brought the Soviet economy to stagnation. Cold War_sentence_574

On 1 September 1983, the Soviet Union shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, a Boeing 747 with 269 people aboard, including sitting Congressman Larry McDonald, an action which Reagan characterized as a "massacre". Cold War_sentence_575

The airliner had violated Soviet airspace just past the west coast of Sakhalin Island near Moneron Island, and the Soviets treated the unidentified aircraft as an intruding US spy plane. Cold War_sentence_576

The incident increased support for military deployment, overseen by Reagan, which stood in place until the later accords between Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. Cold War_sentence_577

The Able Archer 83 exercise in November 1983, a realistic simulation of a coordinated NATO nuclear release, was perhaps the most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis, as the Soviet leadership feared that a nuclear attack might be imminent. Cold War_sentence_578

American domestic public concerns about intervening in foreign conflicts persisted from the end of the Vietnam War. Cold War_sentence_579

The Reagan administration emphasized the use of quick, low-cost counter-insurgency tactics to intervene in foreign conflicts. Cold War_sentence_580

In 1983, the Reagan administration intervened in the multisided Lebanese Civil War, invaded Grenada, bombed Libya and backed the Central American Contras, anti-communist paramilitaries seeking to overthrow the Soviet-aligned Sandinista government in Nicaragua. Cold War_sentence_581

While Reagan's interventions against Grenada and Libya were popular in the United States, his backing of the Contra rebels was mired in controversy. Cold War_sentence_582

The Reagan administration's backing of the military government of Guatemala during the Guatemalan Civil War, in particular the regime of Efraín Ríos Montt, was also controversial. Cold War_sentence_583

Meanwhile, the Soviets incurred high costs for their own foreign interventions. Cold War_sentence_584

Although Brezhnev was convinced in 1979 that the Soviet war in Afghanistan would be brief, Muslim guerrillas, aided by the US, China, Britain, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, waged a fierce resistance against the invasion. Cold War_sentence_585

The Kremlin sent nearly 100,000 troops to support its puppet regime in Afghanistan, leading many outside observers to dub the war "the Soviets' Vietnam". Cold War_sentence_586

However, Moscow's quagmire in Afghanistan was far more disastrous for the Soviets than Vietnam had been for the Americans because the conflict coincided with a period of internal decay and domestic crisis in the Soviet system. Cold War_sentence_587

A senior US State Department official predicted such an outcome as early as 1980, positing that the invasion resulted in part from a "domestic crisis within the Soviet system. Cold War_sentence_588

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It may be that the thermodynamic law of entropy has ... caught up with the Soviet system, which now seems to expend more energy on simply maintaining its equilibrium than on improving itself. Cold War_sentence_590

We could be seeing a period of foreign movement at a time of internal decay". Cold War_sentence_591

Final years (1985–1991) Cold War_section_42

Main article: Cold War (1985–1991) Cold War_sentence_592

Gorbachev's reforms Cold War_section_43

Further information: Mikhail Gorbachev, Perestroika, and Glasnost Cold War_sentence_593

By the time the comparatively youthful Mikhail Gorbachev became General Secretary in 1985, the Soviet economy was stagnant and faced a sharp fall in foreign currency earnings as a result of the downward slide in oil prices in the 1980s. Cold War_sentence_594

These issues prompted Gorbachev to investigate measures to revive the ailing state. Cold War_sentence_595

An ineffectual start led to the conclusion that deeper structural changes were necessary, and in June 1987 Gorbachev announced an agenda of economic reform called perestroika, or restructuring. Cold War_sentence_596

Perestroika relaxed the production quota system, allowed private ownership of businesses and paved the way for foreign investment. Cold War_sentence_597

These measures were intended to redirect the country's resources from costly Cold War military commitments to more productive areas in the civilian sector. Cold War_sentence_598

Despite initial skepticism in the West, the new Soviet leader proved to be committed to reversing the Soviet Union's deteriorating economic condition instead of continuing the arms race with the West. Cold War_sentence_599

Partly as a way to fight off internal opposition from party cliques to his reforms, Gorbachev simultaneously introduced glasnost, or openness, which increased freedom of the press and the transparency of state institutions. Cold War_sentence_600

Glasnost was intended to reduce the corruption at the top of the Communist Party and moderate the abuse of power in the Central Committee. Cold War_sentence_601

Glasnost also enabled increased contact between Soviet citizens and the western world, particularly with the United States, contributing to the accelerating détente between the two nations. Cold War_sentence_602

Thaw in relations Cold War_section_44

Further information: Reykjavík Summit, Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, START I, and Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany Cold War_sentence_603

In response to the Kremlin's military and political concessions, Reagan agreed to renew talks on economic issues and the scaling-back of the arms race. Cold War_sentence_604

The first summit was held in November 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland. Cold War_sentence_605

At one stage the two men, accompanied only by an interpreter, agreed in principle to reduce each country's nuclear arsenal by 50 percent. Cold War_sentence_606

A second summit was held in October 1986 in Reykjavík, Iceland. Cold War_sentence_607

Talks went well until the focus shifted to Reagan's proposed Strategic Defense Initiative, which Gorbachev wanted eliminated. Cold War_sentence_608

Reagan refused. Cold War_sentence_609

The negotiations failed, but the third summit in 1987 led to a breakthrough with the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Cold War_sentence_610

The INF treaty eliminated all nuclear-armed, ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (300 to 3,400 miles) and their infrastructure. Cold War_sentence_611

East–West tensions rapidly subsided through the mid-to-late 1980s, culminating with the final summit in Moscow in 1989, when Gorbachev and George H. W. Bush signed the START I arms control treaty. Cold War_sentence_612

During the following year it became apparent to the Soviets that oil and gas subsidies, along with the cost of maintaining massive troops levels, represented a substantial economic drain. Cold War_sentence_613

In addition, the security advantage of a buffer zone was recognised as irrelevant and the Soviets officially declared that they would no longer intervene in the affairs of allied states in Central and Eastern Europe. Cold War_sentence_614

In 1989, Soviet forces withdrew from Afghanistan, and by 1990 Gorbachev consented to German reunification, as the only alternative was a Tiananmen Square scenario. Cold War_sentence_615

When the Berlin Wall came down, Gorbachev's "Common European Home" concept began to take shape. Cold War_sentence_616

On 3 December 1989, Gorbachev and George H.W. Cold War_sentence_617 Bush declared the Cold War over at the Malta Summit. Cold War_sentence_618

A year later, the two former rivals were partners in the Gulf War against Iraq (August 1990 – February 1991). Cold War_sentence_619

Eastern Europe breaks away Cold War_section_45

Main article: Revolutions of 1989 Cold War_sentence_620

By 1989, the Soviet alliance system was on the brink of collapse, and, deprived of Soviet military support, the communist leaders of the Warsaw Pact states were losing power. Cold War_sentence_621

Grassroots organizations, such as Poland's Solidarity movement, rapidly gained ground with strong popular bases. Cold War_sentence_622

In 1989, the communist governments in Poland and Hungary became the first to negotiate the organization of competitive elections. Cold War_sentence_623

In Czechoslovakia and East Germany, mass protests unseated entrenched communist leaders. Cold War_sentence_624

The communist regimes in Bulgaria and Romania also crumbled, in the latter case as the result of a violent uprising. Cold War_sentence_625

Attitudes had changed enough that US Secretary of State James Baker suggested that the American government would not be opposed to Soviet intervention in Romania, on behalf of the opposition, to prevent bloodshed. Cold War_sentence_626

The tidal wave of change culminated with the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, which symbolized the collapse of European communist governments and graphically ended the Iron Curtain divide of Europe. Cold War_sentence_627

The 1989 revolutionary wave swept across Central and Eastern Europe and peacefully overthrew all of the Soviet-style Marxist–Leninist states: East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria; Romania was the only Eastern-bloc country to topple its communist regime violently and execute its head of state. Cold War_sentence_628

Soviet dissolution Cold War_section_46

Main article: Dissolution of the Soviet Union Cold War_sentence_629

Further information: History of the Soviet Union (1982–91), The Barricades, 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt, Commonwealth of Independent States, Economy of the Soviet Union, and Baltic Way Cold War_sentence_630

In the USSR itself, glasnost weakened the ideological bonds that held the Soviet Union together, and by February 1990, with the dissolution of the USSR looming, the Communist Party was forced to surrender its 73-year-old monopoly on state power. Cold War_sentence_631

At the same time the union's component republics declared their autonomy from Moscow, with the Baltic states withdrawing from the union entirely. Cold War_sentence_632

Gorbachev used force to keep the Baltics from breaking away. Cold War_sentence_633

The USSR was fatally weakened by a failed coup in August 1991. Cold War_sentence_634

A growing number of Soviet republics, particularly Russia, threatened to secede from the USSR. Cold War_sentence_635

The Commonwealth of Independent States, created on 21 December 1991, was a successor entity to the Soviet Union. Cold War_sentence_636

The USSR was declared officially dissolved on 26 December 1991. Cold War_sentence_637

US President George H.W. Cold War_sentence_638

Bush expressed his emotions: "The biggest thing that has happened in the world in my life, in our lives, is this: By the grace of God, America won the Cold War." Cold War_sentence_639

Aftermath Cold War_section_47

Main articles: Effects of the Cold War, Frozen conflict, Post-Soviet states, Post-Soviet conflicts, Yugoslav Wars, and Second Cold War Cold War_sentence_640

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia drastically cut military spending, and restructuring the economy left millions unemployed. Cold War_sentence_641

The capitalist reforms culminated in a recession in the early 1990s more severe than the Great Depression as experienced by the United States and Germany. Cold War_sentence_642

In the 25 years following the end of the Cold War, only five or six of the post-socialist states are on a path to joining the rich and capitalist world while most are falling behind, some to such an extent that it will take several decades to catch up to where they were before the collapse of communism. Cold War_sentence_643

Communist parties outside the Baltic states were not outlawed and their members were not prosecuted. Cold War_sentence_644

Just a few places attempted to exclude even members of communist secret services from decision-making. Cold War_sentence_645

In a number of countries, the communist party simply changed its name and continued to function. Cold War_sentence_646

Stephen Holmes of the University of Chicago argued in 1996 that decommunization, after a brief active period, quickly ended in near-universal failure. Cold War_sentence_647

After the introduction of lustration, demand for scapegoats has become relatively low, and former communists have been elected for high governmental and other administrative positions. Cold War_sentence_648

Holmes notes that the only real exception was former East Germany, where thousands of former Stasi informers have been fired from public positions. Cold War_sentence_649

Holmes suggests the following reasons for the failure of decommunization: Cold War_sentence_650

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  • After 45–70 years of communist rule, nearly every family has members associated with the state. After the initial desire "to root out the reds" came a realization that massive punishment is wrong and finding only some guilty is hardly justice.Cold War_item_4_10
  • The urgency of the current economic problems of postcommunism makes the crimes of the communist past "old news" for many citizens.Cold War_item_4_11
  • Decommunization is believed to be a power game of elites.Cold War_item_4_12
  • The difficulty of dislodging the social elite makes it require a totalitarian state to disenfranchise the "enemies of the people" quickly and efficiently and a desire for normalcy overcomes the desire for punitive justice.Cold War_item_4_13
  • Very few people have a perfectly clean slate and so are available to fill the positions that require significant expertise.Cold War_item_4_14

The Cold War continues to influence world affairs. Cold War_sentence_651

The post-Cold War world is considered to be unipolar, with the United States the sole remaining superpower. Cold War_sentence_652

The Cold War defined the political role of the United States after World War II—by 1989 the United States had military alliances with 50 countries, with 526,000 troops stationed abroad, with 326,000 in Europe (two-thirds of which were in West Germany) and 130,000 in Asia (mainly Japan and South Korea). Cold War_sentence_653

The Cold War also marked the zenith of peacetime military–industrial complexes, especially in the United States, and large-scale military funding of science. Cold War_sentence_654

These complexes, though their origins may be found as early as the 19th century, snowballed considerably during the Cold War. Cold War_sentence_655

Cumulative US military expenditures throughout the entire Cold War amounted to an estimated $8 trillion. Cold War_sentence_656

Further nearly 100,000 Americans lost their lives in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Cold War_sentence_657

Although Soviet casualties are difficult to estimate, as a share of gross national product the financial cost for the Soviet Union was much higher than that incurred by the United States. Cold War_sentence_658

In addition to the loss of life by uniformed soldiers, millions died in the superpowers' proxy wars around the globe, most notably in Southeast Asia. Cold War_sentence_659

Most of the proxy wars and subsidies for local conflicts ended along with the Cold War; interstate wars, ethnic wars, revolutionary wars, as well as refugee and displaced persons crises have declined sharply in the post-Cold War years. Cold War_sentence_660

However, the aftermath of the Cold War is not considered to be concluded. Cold War_sentence_661

Many of the economic and social tensions that were exploited to fuel Cold War competition in parts of the Third World remain acute. Cold War_sentence_662

The breakdown of state control in a number of areas formerly ruled by communist governments produced new civil and ethnic conflicts, particularly in the former Yugoslavia. Cold War_sentence_663

In Central and Eastern Europe, the end of the Cold War has ushered in an era of economic growth and an increase in the number of liberal democracies, while in other parts of the world, such as Afghanistan, independence was accompanied by state failure. Cold War_sentence_664

In popular culture Cold War_section_48

See also: Culture during the Cold War Cold War_sentence_665

During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union invested heavily in propaganda designed to influence people around the world, especially using motion pictures. Cold War_sentence_666

The Cold War endures as a popular topic reflected extensively in entertainment media, and continuing to the present with numerous post-1991 Cold War-themed feature films, novels, television, and other media. Cold War_sentence_667

In 2013, a KGB-sleeper-agents-living-next-door action drama series, The Americans, set in the early 1980s, was ranked No. Cold War_sentence_668

6 on the Metacritic annual Best New TV Shows list; its six-season run concluded in May 2018. Cold War_sentence_669

Historiography Cold War_section_49

Main article: Historiography of the Cold War Cold War_sentence_670

As soon as the term "Cold War" was popularized to refer to post-war tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, interpreting the course and origins of the conflict has been a source of heated controversy among historians, political scientists, and journalists. Cold War_sentence_671

In particular, historians have sharply disagreed as to who was responsible for the breakdown of Soviet–US relations after the Second World War; and whether the conflict between the two superpowers was inevitable, or could have been avoided. Cold War_sentence_672

Historians have also disagreed on what exactly the Cold War was, what the sources of the conflict were, and how to disentangle patterns of action and reaction between the two sides. Cold War_sentence_673

Although explanations of the origins of the conflict in academic discussions are complex and diverse, several general schools of thought on the subject can be identified. Cold War_sentence_674

Historians commonly speak of three differing approaches to the study of the Cold War: "orthodox" accounts, "revisionism", and "post-revisionism". Cold War_sentence_675

"Orthodox" accounts place responsibility for the Cold War on the Soviet Union and its expansion further into Europe. Cold War_sentence_676

"Revisionist" writers place more responsibility for the breakdown of post-war peace on the United States, citing a range of US efforts to isolate and confront the Soviet Union well before the end of World War II. Cold War_sentence_677

"Post-revisionists" see the events of the Cold War as more nuanced, and attempt to be more balanced in determining what occurred during the Cold War. Cold War_sentence_678

Much of the historiography on the Cold War weaves together two or even all three of these broad categories. Cold War_sentence_679

See also Cold War_section_50

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