Here's a brief intro into some of the ideas of the Cold War...

1) A quick look at the end of WWII:

2) Transcripts and background info of the wartime conferences are linked for your homework reading as well as a few other important readings. Be sure you understand the progression and research any necessary background/summary readings as well if you are confused.

Tehran Conference: transcript and background
Yalta Conference: transcript and background
Potsdam Conference: transcript and background
The Atlantic Charter: transcript and background
Activities and sources for historiography and comparison are here
And some great opinion from a renowned historian (excellent analysis and background) are here

3) Behold: The Atomic Bomb is upon us...
Use this website to consider two very specific topics:
  • Using the resources available in sections one, two, and five (Especially documents 3 a thru d and documents 5 & 6), consider the impact that the Atomic bomb had on the political landscape of the Post_WWII era. How did it influence the outcomes at Potsdam, and how did it impact internal United States issues?
  • Using the resources in section three and four, consider the United States, USSR and Japanese actions in the days leading up to Japanese surrender. What are your thoughts on the reasons and morality of the issues?
  • Read this summary of plans presented to the UN and this summary of its results. Was there a chance to avoid such a "Cold War" or "Nuclear Arms Race"? Do you agree or disgree with the plan? Why did the Soviets refuse it?

Finally, revisit the TOK language lesson (for certificate students this will be a new concept) and use the idea to add to your thoughts and opinions. remember the TOK links are important, especially when challenging the assumptions of a question and considering multiple perspectives and cultural beliefs and inputs.

And Consider Bertrand Russell's opinion of Baruch's view of how the World should operate in teh Post WWII era. Some good historiography ideas and TOK links are all over this stuff!

4) Watch this full documentary to understand the effects and implications of the Nuclear arms race and those who sacrificed in the name of research and development...VERY Interesting! Notice that much of the items we've discussed and seen are present such as the Baruch Plan and new UN commissions.

5) Using the following videos, gain a glimpse of the idea as to how the "Red Scare" was in existence since the 1920's:

Also, consider the irony of this one in light of the newly adopted Marshall Plan and the Peace treaty between Japan and the U.S.A.

6) So...from your lecture are the some of the documents and descriptions linked to the political progression of the beginning of the Cold goes like this...Churchill's Iron Curtain speech, The Truman Doctrine, The Marshall Plan, The formation of NATO, the Warsaw Pact, and COMECON. Enjoy the light reading!

You'll also need to watch this documentary on the Marshall Plan.

7) Skim through (ore read thoroughly :) ) this wiki and consider the role of Yugoslavia in all of this Cold War development business. Be ready to assess the expulsion of Yugoslavia from the Comniform along with all of the previous factors in the development of the Cold War. AND we'll be adding Berlin to the list next class if you wanna preview the issue using these links:
Link 1 summary and Link 2 sources and questions

8) Was the Cold War really cold? Based on our lecture today, maybe not so's a detailed historiography and lengthy discussion of the impacts of the Korean situation. To complement this, here are some great images and primary source stuff. Finally, as a review exercise as well as some paper 1 skills practice, here is a great site (one we've referred to before that was helpful in our interwar period.)

9) A simple and nice image of the movements within the Korean war from 1950 - 1953. As you watch, try to keep an idea of the events in your mind such as the shift from Containment to Roll-back, the advancement of MacArthur and his subsequent firing, and the introduction of Chinese forces. Here is the link

10) Based on this podcast, consider the implications of the Khrushchev era. Was a 'thaw' inevitable based on the possibility of slipping Soviet control over the East? What reasons did the Hungarians have for revolt? Are these legitimate causes for governmental overthrow or does the central authority of the Soviet Union have the ability to adapt and aid the Hungarians in a way that appeases their grievances? For added info, take a long look at what was going on behind the Red Curtain as Khruschev took over by reading his speech at the 20th Soviet Congress.

11) Long Presentation on the history of Cuba, the Cuban Revolution, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, The Cuban Missile Crisis, and relationships and actions of Castro's Cuba on into the 1970's. Long, but really good and informative!

12) English translated Transcript of "Che" Guevara's speech before the UN Assembly in New York in 1964. and a video (in Spanish below) for you to see his delivery and the reactions. Read the English translation and watch the video! We will directly discuss the impact and consequences in class.

13) Below is a brief video, after watching, find 3 points of proof for each of the claims made in the video by using the archives in the link below the video.

Vietnam links - a massive archive of sources and testimonials or you to use and consider.

And here is a short video about Eddie Adams famous photograph which changed the world.

14) Use the brief video on Sino-Soviet relations to outline/chart the positives and negatives from Soviet AND Chinese perspectives. Be ready to discuss and use the information as we move forward through the Cold War in a way that traces the unique relationship between the two largest Communist nations.

15) Read this background related to the Olympic Boycotts. Then, determine - Was there a "sporting front" in the cold war as this PBS series claims? If not, why not? And if so, what are its causal factors and overall effects. What does this idea say about the "Practices of War" of the Cold War in comparison to other wars we have studied?

16) THe Sino-Soviet Split was a very complex political breakdown. After reviewing the background article and the relevant chapter in your text. use the two articles below to add depth and opinion to the issue:


be a superspy by doing this activity.

...lastly, here and here are websites with a ton of great info to study from, play with or help with revision.