The Truman Doctrine, Containment and Marshall Aid

In a nutshell, the Truman Doctrine, containment and Marshall Aid were all aspects of the same 1948 US foreign policy that was concerned with preventing the spread of Communism in Western Europe by peaceful means. The policy was drawn up … Read More

Cold War causes and tensions

As you might imagine would be the case with a conflict that took 44 years to dissipate, a lot of causes and tensions contributed to the Cold War. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a breakdown of the most important ones … Read More

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, who held the top job of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. Aside from this, Gorbachev is pretty important for … Read More

Nikita Khrushchev

Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971) led the Soviet Union for part of the Cold War, after succeeding Joseph Stalin. He can be credited with initiating the campaign of “de-Stalinisation”, and attempting to improve living standards in the Soviet Union. Perhaps his greatest … Read More

Russia and Germany

Russia and Germany have a pretty long and turbulent relationship, which became particularly complicated during the Cold War. In the aftermath of WWII and the Nazi Party’s defeat, Germany was pretty much up for grabs, and subsequently split into four … Read More

Post-Soviet Russia

The Soviet Union legally ceased to exist on 31 December 1991, and its end brought a whole host of changes about, as you might imagine. The new state, instead named the Russian Federation, entered independence in what can only be … Read More

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) was a pretty famous Russian revolutionary and dictator, as you probably already know. He was in charge of the Soviet Union from 1922 until his death in 1953, as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of … Read More

The Grand Alliance/ Big Three

The Grand Alliance, or Big Three as they’re also known, was a military alliance consisting of Joseph Stalin for the Soviet Union, Franklin D. Roosevelt for the US, and Winston Churchill for the UK. We have their (mostly) cordial working … Read More

Cominform and Comecon

Cominform and Comecon were two pretty important Cold War-era governmental organisations set up by none other than Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin. The first, Cominform (Communist Information Bureau), was the Communist Workers’ Party Bureau for Economic Cooperation. It was founded … Read More

The Warsaw Pact

The Soviet Union created the 1955 Warsaw Pact as a direct retaliation to the formation of NATO in 1949. The Pact and its accompanying 1949 Comecon were designed by Stalin to mirror the aims of NATO as a defensive alliance, … Read More