Stalin and WWII Under Stalinʼs rule, the Soviets diverted resources to their military and away from the much needed economic and social development of the Russian people.
They promoted communism by military coercion. After WWII, Stalin had created allied communist states and went into Eastern Europe. Churchill and Roosevelt ceded control …show more content…
Eisenhower let the Soviet Red army go into
Berlin ﬁrst, which gave them a foot-hold on the area.
US and itsʼ allies organized to stop the Soviets from extending their power even further, and perhaps elsewhere. So in 1950-60, the “Iron Curtain” was named when it became clear to allied leaders that Russia was to dominate Central Europe. Eastern Germans were dissatisﬁed with communist life and started ﬂeeing to West Germany even though it had been surrounded by barbed wire. In 1961, Soviet leader Khrushchev, built the
Berlin Wall to keep “his people” in the Soviet Union.
Bay of Pigs and The Cuban Missile Crisis In the 1950ʼs Havana was the capital of
Cuba. This was a playground for the rich American. F. Batista was Cubaʼs right wing dictator and he was not tolerant of communism. He was receiving support from the
Americans and his army was equipped by the Americans. Unfortunately, Batista was
corrupt. This was the land of opportunity for American businesses and for American gambling in the south. Being only 50 miles off the coast of Florida, Americans brought much money to the island, but Batista was skimming large sums of money, and the people of Cuba remained …show more content…
Aided by popular support, Castro overthrows the government of Batista.
At ﬁrst (itʼs always at ﬁrst) Castro did good for the people. Castro started a national healthcare program and land reform. He nationalized all American ﬁrms in Cuba so their wealth would be invested in Cuba. Makes sense, but not for the American.
Americans were so outraged, the US created a trade embargo against Cuba.
At this point, Cuba could go bankrupt. We were not buying any sugar, so Russia slipped in. We left the door open, and this created a relationship between Russia and
John F. Kennedy was The President of The United States at this time. He gave his support to the anti-Castro Cubans who had come to Florida. the CIA funded a group of armed Cuban exiles and they tried to land at The Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the intention of overthrowing the Castro government. It was a ﬁasco and made the Soviet Union and
Castro even closer.
In 1962, Russia built-up bases in Cuba. The US had bases in Turkey, so they felt
vindicated. They had medium range missiles and threatened the lives of millions of
Americans. Added to this, 20 Russian ships were headed towards Cuba. We were