Author:
Chris Barnes
Subject:
U.S. History, World History
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Reading, Textbook, Unit of Study
Level:
Middle School, High School
Tags:
  • Cold War
  • Cold War History
  • Soviet Union
  • US History
  • USA
  • USSR
  • United States
  • World History
  • World History - 20th Century
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    English
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    Cold War Overview

    Cold War Overview

    Overview

     

    This unit leads students to create an overview of the Cold War, from 1945-1991. Students will work in groups of four, reading and researching the texts and web address provided. They will develop a timeline of the unit followed by generating Quizlet flashcards. The teacher will include Quizlet Live as a formative assessment by using links to each groups’ Quizlets for Quizlet live games. 

    Cold War Overview

    Cover Image: "Cold War 01, Introduction" by The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

    © 2010 The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.

    Website Reading - The Origins of the Cold War, 1945–1949

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    Textbook - Bay College - HIST 212 - U.S. History 1865 to Present

    Unit 10 The Cold War P. 290-324

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    Textbook - United States History II

    Unit 12 The Cold War P. 501-541

    © 2021 Yvonne Frear, San Jacinto College. Except where otherwise noted this work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

     

    By the middle of June, 1941, the Soviet Union was forced to fight Nazi Germany when Hitler invaded Soviet territory. He openly violated the non-aggression pact signed by Joseph Stalin and himself.

    As the Soviets turned the tide against Hitler in the east, Stalin and the Soviets made alliances with Britain and the US. Hope arose that this alliance would last beyond the war. By the time Berlin fell, however, signs existed that the Soviets were also willing to break agreements.

    This unit leads students to create an overview of the Cold War, from 1945-1991. Students will work in groups of four, reading and researching the texts and web addresses provided. They will develop a timeline of the unit followed by generating Quizlet flashcards. The teacher will include Quizlet Live as a formative assessment by using links to each groups’ Quizlets for Quizlet live games. 

    Objectives:

    -Analyze the motives for and outcomes of the Yalta and Potsdam Agreements.

    -Analyze the origins of the strategy of containment and evaluate its implementation.

    -Evaluate the arguments forwarded by supporters and critics of the containment policy.

    -Explain the origins of the Truman Doctrine and how it fits into the strategy of containment.

    -Explain the origins of the Marshall Plan and how it fits into the strategy of containment.

    -Analyze the reasons for implementing the Berlin Airlift and evaluate the outcomes.

    -Evaluate the role of international alliances at the outset of the Cold War.

    -Explain the differences between capitalism and communism.

    -Analyze the strategies both Americans and the Soviets used.

    -Evaluate the effectiveness of each US President’s Cold War strategies.

    -Assess the results of the arms race.

    -Evaluate the necessity of the Space Race.

    -Define McCarthyism. 

    -Explain decolonization.

    -Assess the causes of the Soviet Union’s collapse.