Crises, Confrontation, and Détente
Guide: Expansion of Soviet Influence
Use this collection of primary and secondary sources to study the expansion of Soviet influence during the Cold War. The influences of the Brezhnev Doctrine and the development of nuclear technologies during this time period are explored in depth. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.
Time Period Key Understandings
- The struggle for political power can motivate nationalist response among the citizenry
- Contrasting influences of communism and democracy can lead to difficult and fragmented transitions in political states
- Geographic containment does not mean ideological containment
- Ideological wars do not have physical endings
- The legacies of political leadership and social policy cannot be erased
- Weapons of mass destruction increase the impact and importance of political policy
- Nationalism can motivate both national unity and domestic terrorism
- The global focus on human rights influenced political regimes and economic structures
- During the Cold War, how were American and Soviet values seen as conflicting with each other? Why do you think each side viewed the other as such a threat?
- How was mutually assured destruction (MAD) a central concept of the Cold War period?
- Why did Fidel Castro's regime in Cuba become part of the Cold War struggle between the two superpowers? How did the outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis affect Cold War tensions?
- How could the results of the Brezhnev Doctrine be viewed as both extending the Cold War and contributing to its eventual end?
- Overview: Expansion of Soviet Influence
- Outline: Outline
- Transcript: Transcript
- Lesson: Introduction
- Lesson: 1-War of Ideology in a MAD World
- Lesson: 2-Cuban Revolution and Cuban Missile Crisis
- Lesson: 3-Proxy Wars
- Lesson: 4-Prague Spring and Brezhnev Doctrine
- Lesson: Closing
- Photos & Illustrations: Castro, Fidel: with Nikita Khrushchev
- Photos & Illustrations: Cold War: missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead
- Photos & Illustrations: Soviet missile on parade (1963)
- Reference Articles: Brezhnev Doctrine
- Reference Articles: Cuban Missile Crisis
- Reference Articles: Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)
- Biographies: Castro, Fidel
- Political, Government & Court Documents: Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (1968)
- Speeches: Castro, Fidel: Second Declaration of Havana (1962)
"Expansion of Soviet Influence." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/2156867. Accessed 15 Sept. 2019.
Entry ID: 2156867