By Sharon Hanes

Stretching from the tip of global struggle II to 1989, the chilly warfare among the Western powers and the Communist bloc formed nationwide alliances world wide. Biographies offers nearly 50 exciting tales of the lives and activities of Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev etc, either recognized and not more recognized.

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War/episodes/01/interviews/kennan (accessed on September 5, 2003). ” Public Broadcasting Service: Essays and Dialogues. html (accessed on September 5, 2003). Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. htm (accessed on September 5, 2003). George F. Kennan 217 John F. S. ’” I n 1960, John F. Kennedy became the youngest person elected to the presidency of the United States. He was forty-three years old. He assumed the office in the midst of the Cold War, an intense political and economic rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that lasted from 1945 to 1991.

The Politburo was the executive body for the Central Committee and was responsible for making policy decisions. In 1938, Khrushchev was elected first secretary of the Ukrainian Communist Party. The Ukraine was the most important agricultural region in the Soviet Union and also an area that had strongly resisted Stalin’s collective farming policies, which would provide more local control. In 1937 alone, 150,000 Ukrainian party members had been purged. Khrushchev focused on improving agricultural production under the new Soviet system.

They all made their exodus through Berlin, where anyone could travel freely among the four sectors. East Germans could go to Berlin, enter one of the Western sectors, and from there slip into West Germany, escaping communist rule. East Germany could not afford to lose its best people to the West; the East German economy was already struggling. Walter Ulbricht (1893–1973), East Germany’s leader, had been demanding for some time that Khrushchev do something to stop the exodus. In the early-morning hours of Sunday, August 13, 1961, East German crews began erecting a barbed wire fence along the boundary of the Soviet East Berlin sector.

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