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100

Established in 1947 from the old WWII era intelligence group called 'Overseas Security Services' (OSS).
What is the CIA?

100

His death in 1953 did not end the cold war, but was greeted with quiet relief by some inside the USSR and loudly by a great many in the USA.
Who is Josef Stalin?

100

Probably the closest the world came to a nuclear WWIII.
What is the Cuban Missile Crisis?

100

"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, a _____________ has descended across the continent behind which lie all the ancient capitals of central and eastern Europe..."
What is the 'Iron Curtain'?

100

City used as an 'escape hatch' by many in Eastern Europe, especially East Germans, from 1947 to 1961.
What is Berlin or West Berlin?

200

A top group of security advisers to the President, established in 1947.
What is the National Security Council, or NSC?

200

Inherited the Presidency after the death of FDR, he didnt get along very well with Comrade Stalin.
Who is Harry Truman?

200

Cut off from supply lines from 1948 to the Spring of 1949, this city survived by getting food and fuel shipments through a massive airlift.
What is Berlin, or the Berlin Crisis?

200

"Yes we spied....we had to spy....The USSR is closed society and its government [is] highly secretive..."
Who is Eisenhower in 1960 admitting to U-2 overflights?

200

Break between communist giants by late 1950s.
What is the Sino-Soviet Split?

300

The GDR.
What is East Germany, or German Democratic Republic?

300

Lost his political power position after WWII but remained a strongly influential figure and gave "Iron Curtain" speech in USA in 1946.
Who is Winston Churchill?

300

Battlefield defeat for the French here in 1954 spelled the end of their power in Indochina.
What is Dienbienphu?

300

In the summer of 1947, Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov denounced a generous new initiative of the United States to loan money to war-damaged European nations as "the latest adventure of American imperialism."
What is the Marshall Plan, or European Recovery Program?

300

"If we let South Vietnam 'fall' to communism, where will it stop?...think what may happen to all the other little nations over there."
What is the domino theory?

400

What began officially in 1921 and ended officially in 1991?
What is the USSR? Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

400

Also known after 1947 as "Mr. X" inside the State Department, he was America's Ambassador to the USSR during and after WWII and considered father of "containment" strategy.
Who is George Kennan?

400

This intervention by the CIA helped topple an elected leader in the Middle East in 1954 and was in the economic interest of businesses in the UK and the USA.
What is overthrow of Mossadegh in Iran?

400

The basic 'defense' policy of the 1950s was summed up by this statement: "get more bang for the buck."
What is the nuclear "New Look" policy of the Eisenhower administration?

400

The National Defense Education Act (1957) which suddenly increased federal spending on high school science programs was a direct result of this.
What is Sputnik?

500

NATO
What is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization?

500

Vietnamese Communist who advocated an independent Vietnam beginning in 1919 (he tried to speak at the Versailles Conference after WWI...!) and was thorn in the side of USA til his death in 1967.
Who is Ho Chi Minh?

500

Supposed attack on US Naval ships led to this Congressional resolution in 1964.
What is the Tonkin Gulf Resolution?

500

After this unpopular leader's fall in Vietnam in 1963, the US encouraged the new Vietnamese government to win over the "hearts and minds" of its own people in order to stop the guerrilla war.
Who is Ngo Dinh Diem?

500

Direct military interventions by the United States in Turkey and Greece were announced in 1947 in the context of this larger statement of future American intentions all over the world.
What is the Truman Doctrine?