American foreign policy created to counter Soviet geopolitical spread during the Cold War
Truman Doctrine
One of the first major international crises of the Cold War.
Berlin Blockade
American initiative to aid Western Europe, in which the United States gave over $12 billion.
Marshall Plan
The action of keeping something harmful under control or within limits.
Containment
The art or practice of pursuing a dangerous policy to the limits of safety before stopping, typically in politics.
Brinkmanship
The theory that a political event in one country will cause similar events in neighboring countries.
Domino Theory
A competition between nations for superiority in the development and accumulation of weapons.
Arms Race
The easing of hostility or strained relations, especially between countries.
Detente
The notional barrier separating the former Soviet bloc and the West.
Iron Curtain
The group that Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and East Germany were in during the Cold War.
Satellite Nations
A doctrine of military strategy and national security policy.
Mutually Assured Destruction
Was vice president under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and became president when Roosevelt died.
Harry Truman
A russian leader who succeeded Lenin as head of the Communist Party and created a totalitarian.
Joseph Stalin
Where Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill drew up plans for the administration of Germany and Poland after World War II ended.
Potsdam
A bomb that derives its destructive power from the rapid release of nuclear energy.
Atomic Bomb