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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 9 120A Berlin and NATO 1. U.S. Rearmament A. Czech Coup Feb 48- Czech was taken over by communists in a coup. Prior to this it had been a democratic govt. Did what soviets wanted in foreign policy, and in return they were allowed to handle their own domestics.- Masaryk jumped out of a window and died- Significant because he was a non communist prime minister- Was the son of one of the founders of Czech B. March war scare C. Brussels treaty-britain, france, and the brinelux coalition D. Vondenberg Resolution June 11, 1948 2. Berlin Blockade June 24 th 1948 A. Soviets close off access B. Soviet motives- London Program June 7 th- Currency reform- Deutshemark C. U.S. Options- Truman got three options 1. Withdraw U.S. Troops- Had no real reason for troops inside germany- West Berlin was indefensible, 18,000 of us vs. 300,000 soviets- Soviets controlled all access to west berlin 2. Fight, or show of force- General clay argued that the us should send 200 trucks down the east german autobahn,...
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