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Unit 11

Cold War, and Post-Cold War Europe

Documents selected for instruction may include but are not limited to:

Textbook and Primary Sources

  • Kagan, The Western Heritage. Ch: 29, 30

  • Newspaper articles and newsreel items;

  • Shoah Foundation - concentration camp survivor accounts

  • Winston Churchill, Iron Curtain speech at Fulton, Missouri

  • Mikhail Gorbachev, Restructuring the Party’s Personnel Policy

  • Lyubov Sirota, Chernobyl Poems

Secondary Sources

John Lukacs, “The Short Century—It’s Over”

Raymond L. Garthoff, “The End of the Cold War”

Carol Skalnik Leff, The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe”

Robert J. Donia, “War in Bosnia and Ethnic Cleansing”

Visual Sources

Newsreel War footage

War Propaganda posters

Unit Focus

  • The origins of World War II

  • The course of the war

  • Racism and the Holocaust

  • The impact of the war on the people in Europe

  • Relationships among the victorious allies and the preparations for peace.

  • Social impact of state violence on women, Russian peasants, and Polish Jews

  • Migration in the 20thCentury Europe

  • Changing status and role of women in Europe

  • New Cultural forces and continuing influence of Christianity

  • The impact of computer technology

  • Origins of the Cold War and the division of Europe into Eastern and Western blocks following WWII

  • Decolonization and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam

  • Political and economic developments in Western Europe during the Cold War

  • Polish protests against Soviet domination of Eastern Europe

  • Perestroika and glasnost in the Soviet Union

  • The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union

  • The civil war in Yugoslavia

  • Europe in the 21st century

Name: ______________________ Hour: ____ AP European History – Mr. W.B. Brooks


Assignment Title

Due Date

Points Possible


Kagan Chapter(s) – Readings & Multiple Choice Questions


Vocabulary & Review Questions


Cold War Project


Socratic Seminar


Unit Reading Journal (Completed By 3rd Day of Unit)


Reading Groups (Done In Class On Day Before Unit Exam)


Reading Quiz (Only Over Textbook Chapters)


Unit Summative / Exam (MC, FRQ, DBQ – Possible Formats)

Second Semester Unit V: The Cold War and Modern Europe Calendar

Reading: Text,



Topic of the Day

The Cold War PPT & 45/85

Cold War PPT & 45/85

Cold War PPT & 45/85

Cold War

Cold War/Modern Europe

Modern Europe

Project Preparation on Modern Europe

Project Preparation

The Fall of Communism

European Union



Socratic Seminar

Unit Exam—Study Guides Due

Second Semester, Unit V: The Cold War and Modern Europe

Enduring Understandings

  1. The Cold War resulted from a variety of conflicts between the US and USSR which began even before WWII was finished.

  2. The existence of nuclear weapons added a new dimension to post-war conflicts and diplomacy.

  3. De-colonization and the rise of the Third World also complicated international affairs.

  4. Eastern and Western Europeans were often unhappy with domination by the superpowers but were politically and economically forced to submit to their wishes.

  5. The Cold War created cultural and social turbulence in Europe.

  6. Cold War tensions eventually led both Eastern and Western Europeans to seek ways to separate themselves from the influence of the superpowers.

  7. Growing discontent with Soviet influence in E. Europe, coupled with growing economic and political problems in the Soviet Union led to a series of revolts against the USSR which culminated in not only the autonomy of E. European nations, but also the breakup of the USSR.

  8. Gorbachev’s policies of glasnost and perestroika played an important role in the E. European and Soviet changes.

  9. Western European nations reorganized the Common Market into the EEC, and many have adopted the Euro, in an attempt to become autonomous and competitive economically and politically.

  10. Ethnic nationalism, among other causes, led to war and the breakup of Yugoslavia.

  11. The collapse of the USSR has created new political, economic, cultural, and social relationships in the world.

  12. NATO has had to reexamine its purpose and membership.

  13. International terrorism has created new challenges for European nations.

Essential Questions

  1. What were the steps in the outbreak and development of the Cold War, & what led to confrontation and conflict between the USSR & the West?

  2. How did the rise of Communist China affect the relationships between the US, USSR, and the European nations?

  3. How did de-colonization affect Europe?

  4. To what extent were cold war tensions reflected in Europe socially, culturally, and artistically?

  5. To what extent did the women’s movement of the 1970’s affect European women?

  6. What new dimensions have nuclear arms added to international relations?

  7. Describe the major policies of Mikhail Gorbachev and explain his impact on the USSR and Eastern Europe.

  8. How has the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the USSR changed political, economic, cultural, and social relationships in the world?

  9. What role does Western Europe play in contemporary international affairs?

  10. What role does NATO serve in a reorganized Europe?

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