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This collection of resources explores the development of the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II. Events and concepts key to this rivalry including communism, containment policy, the Marshall Plan, and nuclear deterrence are covered through primary and secondary sources. 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
How does a "cold war" differ from a conventional war? Why did the superpowers work to avoid open warfare during the Cold War?
What kinds of tensions existed between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War? In what ways was the Cold War a legacy of World War II?
What role did the Marshall Plan play after World War II? How did it affect power dynamics between the West and the Soviet Union?
How was the Korean War tied to the ideological conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union?
How did the development of the hydrogen bomb affect the course of the Cold War?