The student will demonstrate knowledge of major events and outcomes of the Cold War by
explaining key events of the Cold War, including the competition between the American and Soviet economic and political systems and the causes of the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe;
assessing the impact of nuclear power on patterns of conflict and cooperation since 1945.
describing conflicts and revolutionary movements in eastern Asia, including those in China and Vietnam, and their major leaders, i.e. Mao Tse-tung (Zedong), Chiang Kai-shek, and Ho Chi Minh.
What events led to the Cold War?
What was the impact of nuclear weapons?
What were the causes and consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union?
How did the Cold War influence conflicts in Eastern Asia after World War II?
What was the policy of containment?
Competition between the United States and the U.S.S.R. laid the foundation for the Cold War.
The Cold War influenced the policies of the United States and the U.S.S.R. towards other nations and conflicts around the world.
The presence of nuclear weapons influenced patterns of conflict and cooperation since 1945.
Communism failed as an economic system in the Soviet Union and elsewhere.
Japanese occupation of European colonies in Asia heightened demands for independence after World War II.
After World War II, the United States pursued a policy of containment against communism. This policy included the development of regional alliances against Soviet and Chinese aggression. The Cold War led to armed conflict in Korea and Vietnam.
Notes The Cold War
Beginning of the Cold War (1945-1948)
The Yalta Conference and the Soviet control of Eastern Europe
Rivalry between the United States and the U.S.S.R.
Democracy and the free enterprise system v. dictatorship and communism