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Chapter 36: The Cold War Begins, 1945-1952

communist-fronter

one who belongs to an ostensibly independent political, economic, or social organization that is secretly controlled by the Communist party.

Containment

in international affairs, the blocking of another nation's expansion through the application of military and political pressure short of war (Truman Doctrine).

military occupation

the holding and control of a territory and its citizenry by the conquering forces of another nation.

Perimeter

the outer boundary of a defined territory.

Politburo

the small ruling executive body that controlled the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist party, and hence dictated the political policies of the Soviet, Chinese, and other Communist parties (from "Political Bureau").

population curve

the varying size and age structure of a given nation or other group, measured over time.

Precinct

the smallest subdivision of a city, as it is organized for purposes of police administration, politics, voting, and so on.

Protégé

someone under the patronage, protection, or tutelage of another person or group.

Superpower

one of the two overwhelmingly dominant international powers after World War II--the United States and the Soviet Union.

Underdeveloped

economically and industrially deficient.


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