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The Iron Curtain symbolized the ideological conflict and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1991. The term symbolized efforts by the Soviet Union to block itself and its satellite states from open contact with the west and non-Soviet-controlled areas. This Affected Canadians because they were scared that the soviets would do something even worse than a wall, they were scared of another war.

This is a image of the "iron curtain" of the border of east and west Europe in the time period of the ending of to the end of cold war.

Stalin (1928 - 1953) - Most severe of all communist leaders.  Gorbachev (1985 - 1991) - Reformed much about the USSR, eventually leading to the country's collapse. These are the first and last Soviet leaders during the Cold War.

Stalin - - Most severe of all communist leaders. Gorbachev - - Reformed much about the USSR, eventually leading to the country's collapse. These are the first and last Soviet leaders during the Cold War.

A timeline of the events that happened during the Cold War. There is another timeline in the comment section.

A timeline of the events that happened during the Cold War. There is another timeline in the comment section.

Mikhail Gorbachev was the soviet president during the cold war after Stalin died in 1953. As soon as he was given power he initiated a plan called Glasnost which eventually encouraged general openness with other nations.  Gorbachev’s famous quote, “I detest lies,” sums up his goal for Glasnost. Glasnost eventually ended the Cold War, which was symbolized by the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. This affected Canadians because they did not have to worry about communism spreading anymore.

Mikhail Gorbachev was the soviet president during the cold war after Stalin died in 1953. As soon as he was given power he initiated a plan called Glasnost which eventually encouraged general openness with other nations. Gorbachev’s famous quote, “I detest lies,” sums up his goal for Glasnost. Glasnost eventually ended the Cold War, which was symbolized by the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. This affected Canadians because they did not have to worry about communism spreading anymore.

Communism was a dirty word in Canada and the western world after the Second World War. The common view was that communists were planning to overthrow democracy. Therefore anyone with communist leanings, or even progressive opinions should be under suspicion. This would affect Canadians because they would all be afraid to be communists.

Footnote to the Times: Donald Trump's father-in-law was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia

At the United Nations, Canadian Minister of External Affairs Lester B. Pearson proposed deployment of an international peacekeeping force to stabilize the Suez Crisis while Britain and France withdrew their forces. Pearson emerged from the Suez Crisis as hero, winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in resolving the conflict. Canadians would have more confidence because they knew they had people like Lester B Pearson on their side.

At the United Nations, Canadian Minister of External Affairs Lester B. Pearson proposed deployment of an international peacekeeping force to stabilize the Suez Crisis while Britain and France withdrew their forces. Pearson emerged from the Suez Crisis as hero, winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in resolving the conflict. Canadians would have more confidence because they knew they had people like Lester B Pearson on their side.

The chill between the two superpowers left little room for Canada to have a voice in international relations. But in the mid-1950s events would unfold in the Middle East that finally gave Canada a chance for a stronger voice in the new world order. This affected Canadians because then they would feel that they have a say in what happens to the world.

The United States of American and Soviet Union were the lead protaganists of the Cold War, which was a clash of ideologies: capitalism and communism

The Cold War was a political war with lots of military tension after World War II between the U.S and their NATO allies, and the Soviets with their Warsaw Pact allies. Canada was part of the NATO alliance, that meant Canada had to use some of its resources to help the U.S.

Since the US & USSR were the only nations left standing both leaders wanted total control. America wanted to spread Democracy while Russia wanted to spread Communism. Which caused hostility among both nations.