East Asia 1946
During the war in China, the Communists had gradually built up power in the rural areas behind Japanese lines. When ...
The Iron Curtain Descends
By the time the Allies met at Potsdam in September 1945, it was clear that Stalin intended to retain tight ...
Indonesian War of Independence
Just days after the Japanese surrender, Indonesian nationalists proclaimed independence, beginning a war to liberate the East Indies from Dutch ...
South America 1948
Following the end of World War II, suspicion and hostility grew between the United States and the Soviet Union. In ...
the Arctic 1949
North Atlantic Treaty
World War II left the United States and the Soviet Union as the dominant powers in Europe. Relations between the ...
East Asia 1951
China in Korea and Tibet
China's intervention in Korea forced the surprised UN forces to retreat, but the Chinese were unable to conquer the ...
East Asia 1954
First Indochina War
In Indochina, France had been struggling with Vietnamese communist-nationalists, the Viet Minh, since 1946. When the Viet Minh invaded Laos ...
End of Soviet Influence in China
The Korean War was effectively ended with a formal ceasefire in 1953. With the immediate threat from the West over ...
Height of the Cold War
Although the Warsaw Pact was officially a defensive alliance, attempts to break with the Pact were crushed in Hungary (1956 ...
East Asia 1973
Paris Peace Accords
By the late 1960s, US public opinion had swung strongly against involvement in the Vietnam War, a stance exacerbated when ...
Battle of the Paracel Islands
The 1969 Sino-Soviet conflict encouraged the United States to improve relations with the People's Republic of China, leading to ...
East Asia 2018
East Asia Today
China's economy continued with its impressive growth into the late-2010s but in 2017 international tensions in East Asia escalated ...