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XVII. Postwar Years 1945 -1960

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XVII. Postwar Years 1945 -1960

1. Discuss the changing attitudes of historians towards the origins of the Cold War. (72)

2. Harry S. Truman was a realistic, pragmatic President who skillfully led the American

people against the menace posed by the Soviet Union. Assess the validity of this

generalization for President Truman’s foreign policy. (84)
3. The size, character, and effectiveness of the organized labor movement changed

significantly during the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth

century. Apply this statement to TWO of the periods:

1870 -1915 1915 - 1935 1935 - 1950 (85)

4. In 1945 Winston Churchill said that the United States stood at the summit of the

world. Discuss the developments in the thirty years following Churchill’s speech

which called the global preeminence of the United States into question. (92)
5. Analyze the influence of TWO of the following on American-Soviet relations in the

decade following the Second World War.

Yalta Conference Communist Revolution in China

Korean War McCarthysim (96)

6. To what extent did the decade of the 1950’s deserve its reputation as an age of

political, social, and cultural conformity? (94)

7. How do you account for the appeal of McCarthyism in the United States in the era

following the Second World War? (97)

8. Although the 1960’s are usually considered the decade of the greatest achievement

for Black civil rights, the 1940’s and 1950’s were periods of equally important gains.

Assess the validity of this statement. (91)

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