E2 a world Divided: Superpower Relations 1944-1990. Kq1 How successful was the bid for peaceful co-existence between the Superpowers 1953-63? The post Stalin thaw and the bid for peaceful co-existence: Khrushchev and the responses of Dulles



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E A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1944-1990.
KQ1 How successful was the bid for peaceful co-existence between the Superpowers 1953-63?
The post Stalin thaw and the bid for peaceful co-existence: Khrushchev and the responses of Dulles, Eisenhower and Kennedy.






  • In a Nutshell: Overview of developments 1953-63.




  • Causes and Analysis of developments: The development of peaceful co-existence 1953-63.

  • Thematic Analysis of Wider context: What do the historians think and how does this develop my emerging interpretation?




  • Cracking the Puzzle – Preparing for assessment.

(I)In a Nutshell: Overview of developments 1953-63.

Content overview

The continuation of the Cold War in the 1950’s, following the retirement of Truman and the death of Stalin, despite the bid for improved relations on the part of the USSR in the form of unilateral cuts in the size of the Red Army and withdrawal from Austria and Finland. Students should understand the concept of peaceful co-existence and what motivated Khrushchev and the Soviet leadership, and why the USA under Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles and later Kennedy and his staff, responded in the way they did. The role of personality particularly that of Khrushchev, in shaping relations during these years should be addressed and students should be aware of the Paris summit, the U2 incident and the initial meetings of Kennedy and Khrushchev in Vienna. The impact on the west of the crushing of the Hungarian uprising and continuing tensions over Berlin should also be understood.


Activity 1 – Intriguing images

You will be given a collection of political cartoons by an American political cartoonist. You will be asked to examine these cartoons in groups, using the prompt sheet provided. For each consider what is in the image, what you can infer from it about the nature of relations and what it illustrates about the factors contributing to the nature of the Cold War 1953-63


Activity 2 – On your marks…..

The timeline makes many brief references to the events of the period. Colour code any event which, with little explanation appear to suggest either reasonable relations (green), hostility (yellow) or confrontation (red).


Activity 3- Identify the stages

Between the years 1945 and 1952 relations between the US and USSR deteriorated from that of co-operation to one of confrontation. This can be seen to have happened in several stages.


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