STANFORD HISTORY EDUCATION GROUP sheg.stanford.edu Timeline of the Early Cold War 1945: February 4-11 - Yalta Conference1945: August 6 - United States first used atomic bomb in war 1945: August 8 - Russia enters war against Japan 1945: August 14 - Japanese surrenders, ending World War II 1946: March - Winston Churchill delivers "Iron Curtain" speech 1947: March - Truman announces Truman Doctrine 1947: June - Marshall Plan is announced 1948: February - Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia 1948: June 24 - Berlin blockade begins 1949: July - NATO treaty ratified 1949: May 12 - Berlin Blockade ends 1949: September - Mao Zedong, a communist, takes control of China 1949: September - Soviets explode first atomic bomb 1955: May – Warsaw Pact
STANFORD HISTORY EDUCATION GROUP sheg.stanford.edu Document A: The Iron Curtain Speech (Modified)It is my duty, however, to place before you certain facts about the present position in Europe. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow. In a great number of countries, far from the Russian frontiers and throughout the world, Communist fifth columns are established and work in complete unity and absolute obedience to the directions they receive from the Communist center. I do not believe that Soviet Russia desires war. What they desire is the fruits of war and the indefinite expansion of their power and doctrines. But what we have to consider here today while time remains, is the permanent prevention of war and the establishment of conditions of freedom and democracy as rapidly as possible in all countries.