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Cold War

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The antagonism between the USA and USSR lasting from the late 1940s until the late 1980s, ‘cold’ because it was waged through diplomatic and ideological means rather than force. Britain ...

Cold war

Cold war: 1944 - 1990  

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...in the Cold War Yugoslavia A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1940s 20th century Politics War Europe Wars since 1900 1948 1948 US lawyer Alger Hiss is denounced, controversially, as a Soviet spy Hiss, Alger (1904–1996) Who's Who in the Twentieth Century 1 1940s 20th century Politics War Wars since 1900 North America United States 1948 1948 Kim Il Sung becomes prime minister of North Korea on the withdrawal of the Soviet occupying force Kim Il Sung (1912–1994) Who's Who in the Twentieth Century 1 1940s 20th century Politics Communism War Asia East...

Communism

Communism: 1800 - 1991  

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...Second World War 20th century War Cold war Europe Wars since 1900 1944 1944 December 21 - with Budapest still in German hands, the Soviets set up a provisional Hungarian government, at Debrecen Rakosi, Matyas (1892–1971) A Dictionary of World History 2 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics War Cold war Europe Hungary Wars since 1900 1944 1944 December 26 - the Soviet army surrounds the Hungarian capital, Budapest Budapest, siege of The Oxford Companion to World War II 1 1940s Second World War 20th century War Cold war Europe Hungary Wars since 1900...

Cuba

Cuba: 1492 - 2009  

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...War Cold war Wars since 1900 Latin America Caribbean Mexico 1958 1958 Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees from Cuba, leaving Havana open to Fidel Castro and his victorious guerrillas Batista y Zaldívar, Fulgencio (1901–1973) Who's Who in the Twentieth Century 1 1950s 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Wars since 1900 Latin America Caribbean 1959 1959 Fidel Castro begins more than four decades of authoritarian rule in Cuba Castro Ruz, Fidel (b. 13 Aug. 1927) A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1950s 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war...

Vietnam

Vietnam: 207 BCE - 2003  

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...1 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics Communism Conquest and colonization War European empires from 1415 French empire Cold war Asia East Asia Southeast Asia Europe Empires Wars since 1900 1946 1946 The Indochina War breaks out in Vietnam between the French colonial forces and the Vietminh Indochina War (1946–54) A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1940s 20th century Politics Conquest and colonization War European empires from 1415 French empire Cold war Asia East Asia Southeast Asia Europe Empires Wars since 1900 1954 1954 Hungarian...

Wars since 1900

Wars since 1900: c. 1895 - 1990  

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...History 3 1940s Second World War 20th century War Europe France 1944 1944 December 21 - with Budapest still in German hands, the Soviets set up a provisional Hungarian government, at Debrecen Rakosi, Matyas (1892–1971) A Dictionary of World History 2 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Europe Hungary 1944 1944 December 26 - the Soviet army surrounds the Hungarian capital, Budapest Budapest, siege of The Oxford Companion to World War II 1 1940s Second World War 20th century Communism War Cold war Europe Hungary 1945 1945 January...

Hungary

Hungary: c. 895 - 1978  

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...War Europe Russia Wars since 1900 1944 1944 December 21 - with Budapest still in German hands, the Soviets set up a provisional Hungarian government, at Debrecen Rakosi, Matyas (1892–1971) A Dictionary of World History 2 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Europe Wars since 1900 1944 1944 December 26 - the Soviet army surrounds the Hungarian capital, Budapest Budapest, siege of The Oxford Companion to World War II 1 1940s Second World War 20th century Communism War Cold war Europe Wars since 1900 1945 1945 January 17 - after...

Czech Republic

Czech Republic: c. 35,000 years ago - 1993  

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...Social and domestic War Bohemia Cold war Society Wars since 1900 1968 1968 Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia to end the Prague Spring Prague Spring A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1960s 20th century Politics Communism Persecution and repression War Bohemia Cold war Wars since 1900 1968 1968 Reformist Czech leader Alexander Dubcek is arrested and flown to Moscow Dubček, Alexander (27 Nov. 1921) A Dictionary of Political Biography 1 rev 1960s 20th century Politics Communism War Bohemia Cold war Wars since 1900 1969 1969 Moscow...

Bohemia

Bohemia: c. 35,000 years ago - 1993  

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...and domestic War Cold war Czech Republic Society Wars since 1900 1968 1968 Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia to end the Prague Spring Prague Spring A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1960s 20th century Politics Communism Persecution and repression War Cold war Czech Republic Wars since 1900 1968 1968 Reformist Czech leader Alexander Dubcek is arrested and flown to Moscow Dubček, Alexander (27 Nov. 1921) A Dictionary of Political Biography 1 rev 1960s 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Czech Republic Wars since 1900 1969...

Second World War

Second World War: 1933 - 1955  

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...1 1940s 20th century Politics War Cold war Germany Wars since 1900 1949 1949 May 25 - the Federal Republic of Germany is formed from the British, French and US zones of occupation Germany A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1940s 20th century Politics War Cold war Germany Wars since 1900 1949 1949 May 30 - the USSR grants nominal independence to east Germany as the newly established German Democratic Republic Germany A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1940s 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Germany Wars since 1900 1955 1955 Austria...

1940s

1940s: 1940 - 1949  

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...World War 20th century Politics War Cold war Germany Wars since 1900 1949 1949 May 25 - the Federal Republic of Germany is formed from the British, French and US zones of occupation Germany A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 Second World War 20th century Politics War Cold war Germany Wars since 1900 1949 1949 May 30 - the USSR grants nominal independence to east Germany as the newly established German Democratic Republic Germany A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 Second World War 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Germany Wars since...

Poland

Poland: c. 1500 BCE - 1990  

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...Politics Communism War Cold war Europe Wars since 1900 1980 1980 A trade union, Solidarnośc (Solidarity), is formed by strikers in the Gdansk shipyard in Poland Solidarity A Dictionary of World History 2 1980s 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Europe Wars since 1900 1980 1980 Lech Walesa is elected chairman of the newly formed Polish trade union movement Solidarnośc (Solidarity) Wałesa, Lech (1943– ) Who's Who in the Twentieth Century 1 1980s 20th century Politics Communism Democracy and dissent War Cold war Europe Wars since 1900 1981 1981 The...

Korea

Korea: 57 BCE - 2010  

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...U.S. Military 1 1940s Second World War 20th century War Cold war Asia East Asia Wars since 1900 1948 1948 Kim Il Sung becomes prime minister of North Korea on the withdrawal of the Soviet occupying force Kim Il Sung (1912–1994) Who's Who in the Twentieth Century 1 1940s 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Asia East Asia Wars since 1900 1950 1950 North Korean troops cross the 38th parallel to invade the southern half of the region Korean War (1950–3) A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1950s 20th century War Asia East Asia 1950 1950 North...

War

War: c. 8000 BCE - 2011  

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...World War 20th century Politics Cold war Germany Wars since 1900 1949 1949 May 25 - the Federal Republic of Germany is formed from the British, French and US zones of occupation Germany A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics Cold war Germany Wars since 1900 1949 1949 May 30 - the USSR grants nominal independence to east Germany as the newly established German Democratic Republic Germany A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics Communism Cold war Germany Wars since...

Weapons

Weapons: c. 15,000 years ago - 2007  

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...Science Physics War Cold war Asia Central Asia Wars since 1900 1950 1950 In response to the Soviet atom bomb, President Truman announces a crash programme to develop a hydrogen bomb Teller, Edward (1908–2003) The Oxford Companion to United States History 1 1950s 20th century Science Physics War Cold war Wars since 1900 North America United States 1951 1951 The first hydrogen bomb is successfully tested by the US at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands hydrogen bomb World Encyclopedia 1 1950s 20th century Science Physics War Cold war Australia and...

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia: c. 60,000 years ago - 2010  

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...of Contemporary World History 3 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics Communism Conquest and colonization War Cold war Asia East Asia Vietnam Wars since 1900 1945 1945 September 2 - Ho Chi Minh proclaims the democratic republic of Vietnam, independent of the colonial power, France Ho Chi Minh (1890–1969) World Encyclopedia 1 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics Communism Conquest and colonization War European empires from 1415 French empire Cold war Asia East Asia Vietnam Europe Empires Wars since 1900 1946 1946 Aung San's party, the...

Chile

Chile: 1810 - 2010  

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...Politics Communism War Cold war China Wars since 1900 Latin America South America 1971 1971 The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wins the Nobel Prize for Literature Neruda, Pablo (1904–1973) Who's Who in the Twentieth Century 1 1970s 20th century China Latin America South America 1973 1973 President Salvador Allende appoints Augusto Pinochet commander-in-chief of the Chilean army and brings him into the cabinet Pinochet Ugarte, Augusto (b. 25 Nov. 1915) A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1970s 20th century Politics War Cold war China Wars since 1900 Latin...

Germany

Germany: c. 35,000 years ago - 2005  

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...World War 20th century Politics War Cold war Wars since 1900 1949 1949 May 25 - the Federal Republic of Germany is formed from the British, French and US zones of occupation Germany A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics War Cold war Wars since 1900 1949 1949 May 30 - the USSR grants nominal independence to east Germany as the newly established German Democratic Republic Germany A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Wars since 1900...

Pacific Islands

Pacific Islands: c. 1300 BCE - 1951  

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...and Oceania Rulers and politicians Wars since 1900 1946 1946 The first of about 20 US tests of atomic and hydrogen bombs is carried out on Bikini Atoll, in the Pacific Bikini atoll The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military 1 1940s 20th century Science Physics Weapons Australia and Oceania 1951 1951 The first hydrogen bomb is successfully tested by the US at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands hydrogen bomb World Encyclopedia 1 1950s 20th century Science Physics War Weapons Cold war Australia and Oceania Wars since 1900 North America United...

Caribbean

Caribbean: c. 1000 - 2010  

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...and his victorious guerrillas Batista y Zaldívar, Fulgencio (1901–1973) Who's Who in the Twentieth Century 1 1950s 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Wars since 1900 Latin America Cuba 1959 1959 Fidel Castro begins more than four decades of authoritarian rule in Cuba Castro Ruz, Fidel (b. 13 Aug. 1927) A Dictionary of Contemporary World History 3 1950s 20th century Politics Communism War Cold war Wars since 1900 Latin America Cuba 1959 1959 West Indian poet and playwright Derek Walcott founds the Trinidad Theatre Workshop Walcott, Derek (1930– ) The...

East Asia

East Asia: c. 500,000 years ago - 2011  

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...Conquest and colonization War European empires from 1415 French empire Cold war Asia Southeast Asia Vietnam Europe Empires Wars since 1900 1946 1946 January 1: the Japanese emperor Hirohito renounces his traditional divine status and declares that he is mortal Hirohito The Oxford Companion to the Politics of the World 2 1940s Second World War 20th century Politics Dynasties and royalty War Asia Japan Wars since 1900 1946 1946 March 27: twenty-five Japanese defendants are put on trial in Tokyo, charged with war crimes Tokyo War Crimes Trial Oxford...

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