The Cold War and the Spread of Communism

The Cold War and the Spread of Communism

From Allies to Adversaries 

Standard 2.8.9:  Describe the spread of Communism after World War II in China (Mao Tse-Tung and Chinese Revolution), Korea (38th parallel and division of country), Cuba (Fidel Castro and the Cuban Missile Crisis), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh)  

Standard 1.9.1:  Describe the origins of the Cold War:  Western fear of communist expansion, Soviet fear of capitalist influences, development of nuclear weapons.  

Standard 1.9.2:  Describe the impact of the Cold War on the United States:  McCarthyism, arms race, space race, Cuban Missile Crisis, creation of the CIA. 


After World War II, the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its satellite states began a decades-long struggle for supremacy known as the Cold War. Soldiers of the Soviet Union and the United States did not do battle directly during the Cold War. But the two superpowers continually antagonized each other through political maneuvering, military coalitions, espionage, propaganda, arms buildups, economic aid, and proxy wars between other nations.

Overview of Cold War 

The Korean War 

Standard 1.9.3:  Identify the role of the United States in the Korean War:  Communist containment, military involvement, resolution of conflict. 

Standard 2.8.11:  Describe the following events of the Korean War:  Chinese involvement, UN police actions, containment of Communism, partician of Korea at the 38th parallel




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