From ABC-CLIO's History Hub website
This collection of resources explores the escalation of tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Causes and consequences of Cold War tension, including the launch of Sputnik, the construction of the Berlin Wall, and the leadership of Nikita Khrushchev are explored 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
Why did Nikita Khrushchev's plans for de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union meet with failure? What did this mean for the future of the Cold War?
Why was the space race so important to both the United States and the Soviet Union? How did competition in this area add to the sense of hostility between the two superpowers?
Why did East Germany build the Berlin Wall? Why would the wall become an iconic image of Cold War tensions?