Cold War (1947–1953)

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The Cold War (1947–1953) discusses the period within the Cold War from the Truman Doctrine in 1947 to the Korean War in 1953. The Cold War began almost immediately following World War II and lasted through most of the rest of the twentieth century.


Creation of the Eastern Bloc

During World War II, the Soviet Union annexed several countries as Soviet Socialist Republics within the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Most of those territories had been ceded to it by the secret agreement portion of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Nazi Germany.[1][2] These later annexed territories include Eastern Poland (incorporated into two different SSRs),[3] Latvia (became Latvia SSR),[4][4][5] Estonia (became Estonian SSR),[4][5] Lithuania (became Lithuania SSR),[4][5] part of eastern Finland (became the Karelo-Finnish SSR)[6] and northern Romania (became the Moldavian SSR).[7][8]

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