Dr. Lee Bruce Kress Fall 2008 united states diplomatic history since 1900 Selected Names and Terms from Chapters 6-12, Paterson, et al

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Dr. Lee Bruce Kress

Fall 2008

Selected Names and Terms from Chapters 6-12, Paterson, et al
Consider not only the meaning of these names or terms but also their significance in the development of American foreign relations and their time of action.

Atlantic Charter Conference

George C. Marshall

Cordell Hull

Winston Churchill

Declaration of the United Nations

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Edward R. Stettinius

Lend-Lease Act

Fumimato Konoe

Hideki Tojo

Tripartite Pact

“Four Policemen”

Big Three

Casablanca Conference

Teheran Conference

Joseph Stalin

Cairo Conference

Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-shek)

Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung)

Patrick J. Hurley

Evian Conference/ IGC)


Bretton Woods Conference

World Bank/ IMF

Dumbarton Oaks Conference

United Nations Organization (UNO)

Yalta Conference
Henry Morgenthau, Jr.

Potsdam Conference

Harry Hopkins

Harry Truman

James Byrnes

V. M. Molotov

W. Averell Harriman

Josip Broz Tito

Eduard Benes

Iranian Crisis, 1944-1946

Baruch Plan

Berlin Blockade

Truman Doctrine

Palestine Question, 1947-48


George F. Kennan

Marshall Plan

NATO/Warsaw Pact


Japanese Peace Treaty

People’s Republic of China

Domino theory

Dean Acheson

Korean War

Panmunjom Talks

Syngman Rhee

Truman-MacArthur Confrontation

Dwight Eisenhower

John Foster Dulles




East Berlin riots, 1953

Eisenhower Doctrine

Nikita S. Khrushchev


Baghdad Pact

Geneva Summit, 1955

”Kitchen Debate”

Hungarian Revolution

Missile Race

U-2 Affair

“Spirit of Camp David”

Jacobo Arbenz and Guatemala

Formosa Resolution

Suez Crisis

Bricker Amendment

John F. Kennedy

Dean Rusk

Ngo Dinh Diem

Robert S. McNamara


Vienna Summit, 1961

Berlin Wall

Peace Corps

Alliance for Progress

Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution

Bay of Pigs

Cuban Missile Crisis

Ho Chi Minh


Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Glassboro Summit

Paris Peace Talks, 1968-1974

Dominican Intervention, 1965

Richard Nixon

Henry Kissinger

Trip to China, 1972


War Powers Resolution

Andrei Gromyko


Leonid Brezhnev


Six Day War, 1967

Yom Kippur War

Aleksei Kosygin

Shuttle diplomacy

Chile and Salvador Allende


Cambodian Intervention

Paris Peace Accords, 1973

Cyrus Vance

Zbigniew Brzezinski

Iranian Hostage Crisis

Panama Canal Treaty

Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN)

Mariel Boat Lift

Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty

South African apartheid


Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

Carter Doctrine

Reagan “Evil Empire”

Reagan Doctrine

Alexander Haig



Mikhail Gorbachev

SDI (“Star Wars”)

Reykjavik Summit


PLO and Yasir Arafat

Libya and Moammar Gadhafi

Iran-Iraq War

Invasion of Panama

Operation Desert Storm


Bush Doctrine

Afghan War

Iraq War

End of Cold War


Colin Powell


Nelson Mandela

PLO-Israeli Agreement


  1. Discuss the leading events and the motivation of U.S. policy toward Germany and Japan from 1940-41 leading to World War II.

  1. Compare and contrast the war messages of Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt for their goals, tone, and reception.

  1. Review the Yalta Conference. What were the goals of each of the participants? What were the results of the conference? What issues were not resolved? What do you think of the conference?

  1. Compare and contrast the participants, the goals, and the results of the Yalta and the Potsdam Conferences. Be specific and cite examples.

  1. Review the possible reasons for the United States using atomic weapons on Japan in 1945. Which explanation do you think is best, and why?

  1. According to the Paterson text, “Because World War II left the international system in disarray, the transition to peace proved rough and contentious.” Comment with examples and your view of the situation.

  1. The Paterson et all textbook says, “The United States emerged from World War II a full-fledged global power for the first time in its history.” Comment.

  1. Discuss Harry Truman’s Cold War policy. What were the principle goals, events, and results? Do you think American foreign policy was handled well at this time? Explain your answer.

  1. Discuss the development of the Cold War and the conflicting diplomatic policies ajt produced it. Be specific and cite examples.

  1. Review the different German Cold War issues from immediately following World War II. Why did these issues arise and why were they considered so important. From an American perspective, do you think they were handled well?

  1. Review American efforts to stem the growth of communism in Asia under Truman and Eisenhower. Why did these efforts fail?

  1. Discuss American perceptions of communism and the Soviet Union early in the Cold War and how they affected American foreign policy. Be specific. Were these perceptions correct?

  1. Was the American decision to go to war in Korea a wise one or not? What about the decision to go to war in Vietnam? Were the situations the same or different? Explain. What wwere the results of each?

  1. Compare and contrast the foreign policies of the Truman and the Eisenhower administrations with regard to communism.

  1. Review Sino-American relations from 1945 to 1974. What were the principle events, and how were they handled? Were American goals accomplished?

  1. Discuss increasing American involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1965? Who is most responsible for American commitments in the area? Given American perceptions at the time, could this involvement have been avoided?

  1. Review American efforts to secure a Middle East peace 1948-1978? What were the principle events? What were the motivating factors in American policy in the region? What successes and failures occurred along the way and why?

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