World War I Was A Global War

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Introduction

World War I was a global war between the Allies and the Central Powers. It was called 'the war to end all wars ' and it was immediately triggered after the assassination of archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914. 5 years later in 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed and ended WWI. The treaty blamed Germany for starting WWI and was wrongly punished for it. Germany retaliated and Adolf Hitler restored Germany 's economy and became their dictator and started WWII in 1939 by invading Poland. WWII ended in 1945, and two supreme powers arose: the Soviet Union and the U.S. The Cold War soon followed and was a struggle between the two superpowers and was also about communism.

1940 's

July 17, 1945: Potsdam Conference begins in
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It was a clear message that any country threatened by the takeover of communism will be helped. Greece was helped because there was a civil war at the time and the Soviet Union had the opportunity to influence communism. Congress agreed to send $400 million of aid to support the govt of Greece. U.S. did not send any of their troops to Greece

1950 's

January 31, 1950: Truman orders development of H Bimb
Truman announced his decision to support the development of the hydrogen bomb. It was a weapon theorized to be extremely more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped during WWII. The U.S. lost its nuclear supremacy to the Soviet Union 5 months earlier after they successfully detonated an atomic bomb in one of their test sites. Weeks after that, U.S. and British intel confirmed that a Geman born scientist that was a top ranking U.S. scientist in the nuclear program was a Soviet Union spy. These two events led Truman to approve massive funding for the H Bomb project.

February 9, 1950: Joseph McCarthy claims that there are 205 communists in the U.S. State department
This outrageous accusation sparked a national hysteria about the American government. McCarthy claimed that he had a list of 205 State Department employees who were communists. Through the next few weeks, his number changed every day, from 81 to 57 to 10. McCarthy never had any concrete evidence about communists in the government. "McCarthyism," or making wild accusations without and proof

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