October 12 - The Cold War in Asia - 1945-1953

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History of the Cold War October 12, 2007 The Cold War in Asia, 1945-1953 Events in Asia made Cold War truly global o Communist victory in Chinese Civil War by 1949 China is not a very significant country at this point However, Chinese communism is thought to be the first step toward the global spread of communism Fear that China will become (or already is) an agent of Stalin’s Soviet Union o 1950-1953 – Korean War June 1950 – N. Korean invasion of the south Hot war within the Cold War shifts battleground to Asia Cements the notion that Stalin is like Hitler Maneuvering toward ultimate global domination In reality, Stalin initially refused to support the N. Korean invasion of the south o 1945-1950 – Competition in Korea 1945-1949 – American views of Chinese Civil War o Stalin signs peace treaty with nationalist forces He puts Soviet interests ahead of communist interests’ Americans hoped this would stabilize the region, and the Chinese Civil War would not become more violent o Fall 1945 – Americans were thrilled that US soldiers were coming home from WWII Fear that US would get dragged back into conflict in Asia o US vs. Russian puppet war?
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