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Cold War, Containment and the Second Red Scare

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Cold War, Containment and the Second Red Scare HIST 2112

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These notes discuss Dr. Rohrer's last lecture before test two. They discuss the long-lasting tension between the Soviet Union and the US as well as our fear of communism both domestically and inte...
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Date Created: 03/22/16
nd Return of the Body Snatchers? Cold War, Containment and the 2 Red Scare I. A Bi-Polar World in 1945 • WWII is over in May through August of 1945 • Germany, Italy and Japan and rest of axis powers are defeated • Allies claim victory • Leaves world in shambles in need of decisions o What happens to axis powers? o How will he rebuild? o Wo are the powers and leaders of Europe? • US and Soviet Union are the two world powers • Soviet Union becomes out #1 enemy at defeat of Germany o How? They were allies o Friendship crumbled quickly o By the end of 1945 and 1946, Soviet Union becomes competitor politically, socially and economically o Soviet Union is in bad place after WWII § Suffer over 20 million deaths in war § Industry capacities were destroyed – factories § Rationing and shortages that millions starved from on top of war deaths § Wanted to start over and become the dominant force in Europe § Communism = Attractive Political/ Economic System in War- torn, Poor Countries • Pretty successful • Unofficially take over several nations o Militarily, politically, economically allied • Rebuilding and expanding • Strict centralized control • Aid many post-war reconstructions to gain satellite states – control • Bound in military and economic alliance o Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia o Known as the Eastern Bloc o Communist governments o Growing influences and power scares US • The Cold War o The state of political hostility that existed between the Soviet bloc countries and the US-led Western Powers from 1945-1990 o 45 year ultra fierce relationship with Soviet Union o State of political hostility between the Eastern Bloc countries and the US Western Powers o The defining foreign policy even in American history until 1990 o Never engaged in direct conflict – “Cold” war § Politics, economics, propaganda, but not a war of physical battles o Want direct and indirect control of the world for 45 years § Bipolar place • Communism vs democratic influences § “good guy” vs “bad Guy” in US § wars in conflict • not between US and Soviet Union, but overall ideas • ex. Vietnam and Korean War o Goal is to ensure that as few countries fall to communism as possible § Intensely committed to keep Soviet Union contained § Keep outside of US border especially § Domestic and International II. Rise of Containment • Containment Police = The Truman Doctrine Police • Hold communism and disallow it from spreading • George Kenan names “The Theory of Containment” o Didn’t want to send US troops to Soviet Union o All of Europe is a hot bed for communism • President Truman o Determined to reverse trend o Containment advocate • Greece and Turkey are threatened in 1947 by Communist takeover o On the verge of being taken over in March of 1937, US steps in o Truman goes to congress and asks for $400 million to send to Greece and Turkey for military and economic assistance o Worked within two years – threat passed • US federal government though financial aid could help to deny take over o Common with economically poor countries § Many after WWII § Thought class conflict could only be remedied through redistribution of wealth – communism § Very attractive to poor nations § 100’s of millions fell to this idea • NOT forced, many WANTED and EMBRACED the ideology of communism III. Non-violent Containment • The European Recovery Program = The Marshall Plan o Huge financial support o First priority is to help poor nations o Poured money into Western Europe after WWII o June 1947: Secretary of State Marshall announced the program § Meant to financially assist Western Europe • Aid was completely “humane” • Words for marketing • Just to keep Western Europe in Pro-American camp • NOT humane § Aid > $17 billion § Over 4 years to Western Europe • Italy, Germany, Belgium. Etc. § Created economic miracle in Western Europe § Producing twice as much as before the war – manufacturing restored • Ex. liquor • Record levels of trade • Post war economic boom in US • Spend money to make money IV. (Potentially) violent and Violent Containment • Berlin was the capital of Nazi Germany, and when the war ended, the Allied powers split Germany into East and West Germany territories to occupy • 2 Zones controlled by various allied nations o East Germany: Soviet Union o West Germany: (3 parts) Britain, France, US • Berlin Airlift Crisis (1948) o Soviet Union blockades West and water supply – cut themselves off from Democratic Berlin § War? o Respond by airlifting food and fuel to Berlin from other allied countries for 10 months o Landed every 45 seconds o May 1949: East Germany finally lifts blockade o Marks first real standoff between East and West Germany in Cold War – democratic victory o Never escalated to be violent § By 1947, the US and the Soviet Union both had access to Nuclear Warfare • The Loss of China (1949-1950) o Falls to Communism in 1949 o Still technically communist today o Late 1940’s, it was the nation we most wanted to keep from communism o Civil war since 1920’s § Battle within China between communists (Mao Zedong) and nationalists (democrats) (Chiang-Kai Shek) § At the end of WWII – they met to talk about a new government • Equality for all political parties truce § By 1946 less than a year later, they were fighting again o October 2945: Communist Leader declares the peoples republic of China – ends civil war § Communist country § Should we have made more aggressive intervention? § First significant loss for US in Cold War • Did not take this lightly o Close to WWIII if China ally Soviet Union did not have nuclear capabilities – major threat scared each side • Korean War (1950-1953) o End of WWII § North Korea is communist and South Korea is democratic § Split by 38 parallel o North Korea wants to take over South Korea § Civil was is the beginning of the Korean War o July 1950: 75,000 North Korean soldiers in People’s Army enter South Korea o US supports South § Push North Korea out a few months later and war escalates § Douglas MacArthur (US general) decides to contain communism to North Korea in addition to pushing them further to China § Angers Truman § MacArthur fired § 1952-1953 Korean War dies down § nothing changes – still split by the 38 parallel today o Korean war is on of many military stand offs o After Korean War, US comes to the realization that this will be long, costly, and difficult to contain V. 2 Red Scare and the Federal Government’s Attempts to Combat International Communism • 2nd Red Scare tests the first amendment just like the first o freedom and national security o fear of internal communism • 3 ways Federal Government combats domestic communism o 1. Executive Order 9835 § Truman signs order establishing federal employee loyalty program § Embracive measures to remove communism sympathizers from government § Loyal? § Fired because rightly/wrongly assumed communist and maybe a spy o 2. FBI Investigations § trapped/followed suspicious Americans that might be sympathizers/spies/supporters § quick to end all communist protests including civil rights • Ex. MLKJ – tied him to communism o 3. House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) § Committee set up during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s in the US House of Representatives to investigate citizens that were though to be communists § Focused on exposing federal government communists and those not associated with federal government § Control Hollywood industry • Blacklist communist directors • Sanitize film and TV shows • Anti-communist agenda • Without morally complex/ambiguous storylines – no conflict, no major problems • 1950’s sappy entertainment o Leave it to Beaver o I Love Lucy o White picket fences, happy middle class, Christian views, traditional gender roles, no politics/unions/civil rights subjected entertainment nd • Was the 2 Red Scare overboard? o Fears of communism were sometimes fair – there were spies o Americans scared o First red scare there were no nuclear powers – associated communists with threat of nuclear war, WWIII and annihilation of world – feelings have not entirely gone away


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