Big Question 3: Who caused the Cold War?



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Big Question 3: Who caused the Cold War?

What questions would you ask Truman, Stalin and Churchill if you were presenting the TV debate? You are being interviewed by a TV producer who wants someone to host the TV programme 'The Great Debate'. You have to convince the producer you are the right presenter. To do this you have to tell the producer what three questions you will ask each leader:



  • Truman

  • Stalin

  • Churchill, who was not the British leader in 1949 but was still a very influential politician.

Stage 1: Preparation
You will not be able to ask good questions unless you research carefully. For example, if you ask Stalin 'Did you cause the Cold War?', he will just say no! However, if you ask him why he ordered the Eastern European states to refuse Marshall Aid he will have to give you a proper explanation. 

  • So, use the case studies to draw up awkward questions for the three leaders. Access them on page http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/coldwar/G3/default.htm.

  • Think how they might try and wriggle out of your question and how you will stop them doing this.

  • Remember that you may get ideas for questions from the case studies which are not directly focused on each leader.

Stage 2: Your questions
We suggest you come up with 5-6 questions to begin with and then choose the best 3. You can record your best 3 questions for each leader online, save them and then work on them later wherever you have Internet access.ng to get. One question for Stalin is already shown.

Question 1 for Stalin- example


Question:

Why did you force the Eastern European states not to accept Marshall Aid?

I think this will be an awkward question because...

The Eastern European states desperately needed the aid because of the damage caused by the war.

He might try to avoid the question by...

Claiming that they all agreed to reject Marshall Aid - he did not make them.

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is...

 




Question 1 for Churchill

Question:

 

I think this will be an awkward question because...

 

He might try to avoid the question by...

 

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is...

 




Question 2 for Churchill

Question:

 

I think this will be an awkward question because...

 

He might try to avoid the question by...

 

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is...

 




Question 3 for Churchill

Question:

 

I think this will be an awkward question because...

 

He might try to avoid the question by...

 

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is...

 



Question 1 for Stalin

Question:

 

I think this will be an awkward question because...

 

He might try to avoid the question by...

 

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is...

 




Question 2 for Stalin

Question:

 

I think this will be an awkward question because...

 

He might try to avoid the question by...

 

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is...

 




Question 3 for Stalin

Question:

 

I think this will be an awkward question because...

 

He might try to avoid the question by...

 

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is...

 




Question 1 for Truman

Question:

 

I think this will be an awkward question because...

 

He might try to avoid the question by...

 

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is...

 




Question 2 for Truman

Question:

 

I think this will be an awkward question because...

 

He might try to avoid the question by...

 

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is...

 




Question 3 for Truman

Question:

 

I think this will be an awkward question because...

 

He might try to avoid the question by...

 

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is...

 



http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/




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