An introduction to the history of the cold war and west germany 1960 1970

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Why 'Cold' War? The two nations were rivals that feared each other, each ideologically opposed. Several groups set as their objective the aim of radicalising the industrial workers and taking an example from activities in Italy of the Red Brigades Brigade Rossemany students went to work in the factories, but with little or no success.

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They practiced attack drills in schools and other public places. The Potsdam Agreement recognized that these expulsions were already underway and were putting a burden on authorities in the German Occupation Zones, including the re-defined Soviet Occupation Zone.

An introduction to the history of the cold war and west germany 1960 1970

Thanks for watching! It remained the official flag of the country necessary for reasons of international law until East Germany and West Germany see below were independently established in How did the Cold War end? Subsequent American and Soviet tests spewed poisonous radioactive waste into the atmosphere.

In particular, American officials encouraged the development of atomic weapons like the ones that had ended World War II.

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He announced that he would step down in the fall of Schmidt, a strong supporter of the European Community EC and the Atlantic alliance, emphasized his commitment to "the political unification of Europe in partnership with the USA". German prisoners were for example forced to clear minefields in France and the Low Countries. The State Department and individual U. Nevertheless, there was very little use of weapons on battlefields during the Cold War. Soviets, in turn, were pictured as the ultimate villains, with their massive, relentless efforts to surpass America and prove the power of the communist system. The conflict showed that both superpowers were wary of using their nuclear weapons against each other for fear of mutual atomic annihilation.

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Cold War: Summary, Combatants & Timeline