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Origins of the Cold War

These resources explain factors that led to the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Use these resources to support student inquiry into factors that led to the Cold War. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • How did events in post-World War II Germany lead to increased tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union?
  • What was the Marshall Plan? How did the Soviet Union respond to the Marshall Plan?
  • Why do you think relations continued to deteriorate between the United States and the Soviet Union? Was the cold war inevitable?


  1. Overview: Origins of the Cold War
  2. Visuals: Origins of the Cold War (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Transcripts: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Beginnings of the Rift
  7. Lesson: 2-Truman's Cold War Policies
  8. Lesson: 3-Soviet Responses
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Investigate Activities: The Crucible
  11. Glossary Terms: Warsaw Pact
  12. Photos & Illustrations: Berlin Wall
  13. Reference Articles: Berlin Airlift
  14. Reference Articles: Containment
  15. Reference Articles: Marshall Plan
  16. Reference Articles: Cold War, The, 1945–1960
  17. Reference Articles: Cold War
  18. Political, Government & Court Documents: Kennan, George F.: Containment Doctrine (1947)
  19. Political, Government & Court Documents: Truman Doctrine (1947)
  20. Maps: Balance of Power Crises, 1945-1980

MLA Citation

"Origins of the Cold War." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153073?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153073

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