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From World War II to the Cold War


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imprisoned
Put in prison or jail.
imprisonment
When you have to spend time in jail/prison.
inequities
Similar to the word disparity, these are examples of when things aren't equal for people (some rich, others poor).
infant
A very young baby.
inspire
When someone or some idea makes you want to do something.
interpreted
Understood.
intolerant
When you don't like something and won't accept it.
iron
A metal that is very hard.
issues
Problems that need to be solved.
John F Kennedy
A very famous US president during the Cold War. He was killed by a man with a gun in the 1960's.
Joseph McCarthy
A US senator who was very worried that communists were trying to take over the world (and the US).
lasting
Continues for a long time.
launch
To start something (usually a rocket).
leading
Most important or best.
left
In politics, it is the side that cares more about poor people.
Lenin
Joined the Russian Social Democratic Party, became a revolutionary when his brother was executed. Founded the Iskra (spark), Wrote What is to be Done in 1903, ends up taking power in Russia after the revolution
leverage
When you have or know something that makes your enemy afraid so they will do what you want them to do.
liberal democracy
The idea that people can choose their own leaders (instead of having a king or dictator control them).
lofty goals
Really nice ideas that sound great but don't work in the real world.
manage
To be able to do something.
maneuvering
Moving around to get a better position or advantage against your enemy.
Manhattan Project
The secret US project during World War II that made the first atomic bomb.
Marked by _______
_______ are the things that are most important or noticeable about something.
Marx
A German man who was the father of communism. Lenin later used his ideas.
might
Being strong (in a violent way, like an army).
Monumental
Something that is really big and important that will be remembered later in history.
neither
Not one and not the other.
New Mexico
A state in the US.
of a monetary nature
Something that is worth money.
openly
When you don't try to hide what you are doing or saying.
Oppenheimer
The US scientist who was the father of the atomic bomb.
opposed
When someone doesn't like something and is ready to fight about it.
outline
The main ideas in a plan or a speech.
overcome
To keep working even when things are hard until you are successful.
overthrow
When a government is defeated by people who are rebelling against it.
overthrown
When a government is defeated by people who are rebelling.
paranoia
When you are worried that someone is planning to do something bad to you.
partner
Another person or country that you work with to do something.
peace
When there is no fighting.
Pearl Harbor
military base settled by US in Hawaii
philosopher
Thomas Hobbes
pistol
A gun that you carry in one hand.
Points
Another way to say 'ideas' or 'opinions'.
poised
To be standing somewhere.
police government
A government that is not nice to its people and watches everything they do, arresting/killing anyone that says/does anything against the government.
political system
The type of government a country has. Examples might be a democracy where people vote for their leaders or a dictatorship where the people have no choice about who their leader is. Note: thi…
post-war
After a war.
Potsdam Conference
August 1945, Truman yet to drop the bomb, Allies met again in Potsdam
predicted
Said that something was going to happen in the future.
prevail
To win.
pride
The feeling of being proud. When you feel good about something you or someone else did.
principals
The main ideas that someone has.
private
Owned by you and not the government.
Proletariat
The growing class of factory and railroad workers, miners, and urban wage earners.
propose
To say that you want to do something and you want other people to agree with you.
prosperity
To be successful and make enough money to have a good life.
public demonstration
When people go out into the streets because they are unhappy with the government.
punctuated
When something happens suddenly.
rations
When there is not enough food or supplies for everyone so each person just gets a little bit.
reality
What life is <strong>really</strong> like for someone.
rebellion
Similar to the word revolution, it is when people fight against the government.
Red Army
The army of the Soviet Union.
red
The color of Communism.
refuse
To say no when someone asks you to do something.
region
A part of a country, a zone or territory.
release
To let go of something, to drop something (like a bomb from a plane).
religious
About god(s) or people's beliefs about god(s).
rendered
When something is changed by something else.
restore
To change something so that it is like it used to be in the past.
reveal
To show something that you didn't see before. To tell a secret to someone.
revolution
When people decide they don't like their government and use violence to get rid of it so they can make a new government.
rift
A disagreement betwen two people or countries who normally are friends.
rival
An enemy or someone that you are competing against.
Ronald Reagan
A US president during the cold war (the last one before the Berlin Wall was destroyed).
roots
The things that caused something to happen later.
routine
Something that happens every day and is a normal part of life.
ruler
A person who is in control of a country (usually a king or queen). A person who rules.
running
To have a business or other organization that is operating.
ruthless
When someone is REALLY mean and doesn't care about hurting or killing people.
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