AQA GCSE History: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

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BC Conflict and Tension between East and West, 1945-1972

In this module, the focus is on the tense relationship between the US and USSR superpowers in the decades after the Second World War. This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of the Great Powers and other states. It focuses on the causes, nature and conclusion of the First World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred, and why it proved difficult to bring the war to a conclusion. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and how they were affected by and influenced international relations.

Students will study the political, economic and ideological aspects of the conflict between the US and the USSR as well as the influence of various leaders of the powers throughout the decades. This module consists of three parts detailed below:

Part one: The origins of the Cold War

Themes explored include:

  • The end of the Second World War: Yalta and Potsdam Conferences; the division of Germany; contrasting attitudes and ideologies of the USA and the USSR, including the aims of Stalin, Churchill, Roosevelt, Attlee and Truman; the effect of the dropping of the atom bomb on post-war superpower relations.
  • The Iron Curtain and the evolution of East-West rivalry: Soviet expansion in East Europe; US policies; the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan, their purpose and Stalin’s reaction; Cominform; Comecon; Yugoslavia; the Berlin Blockade and Airlift.

Part two: The development of the Cold War

Themes explored include:

  • The significance of events in Asia for superpower relations: USSR's support for Mao Tse-tung and Communist revolution in China, and the military campaigns waged by North Korea against the UN and by the Vietcong against France and the USA.
  • Military rivalries: the arms race; membership and purposes of NATO and the Warsaw Pact; the space race, including Sputnik, ICBMs, Polaris, Gagarin, Apollo.
  • The ‘Thaw’: Hungary, the protest movement and the reforms of Nagy; Soviet fears, how they reacted and the effects on the Cold War; the U2 Crisis and its effects on the Paris Peace Summit and the peace process.

Part three: Transformation of the Cold War

Themes explored include:

  • The Berlin Wall: reasons for its construction and Kennedy’s response.
  • Tensions over Cuba: Castro’s revolution, the Bay of Pigs and the missile crisis: the roles of Castro, Khrushchev, Kennedy; fears of the USA and reaction to missiles on Cuba; dangers and results of crisis.
  • Czechoslovakia: Dubeck and the Prague Spring movement; USSR’s response to the reforms; the effects the Prague Spring had on East-West relations, including the Warsaw Pact; the Brezhnev Doctrine.
  • Easing of tension: sources of tension, including the Soviets' record on human rights; the reasons for Détente and for SALT 1; the part played by key individuals Brezhnev and Nixon.

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This module download also includes the following teaching resources:

  • AQA GCSE History Exam Booklets (2020 & 2021 Syllabus) (zip)
  • L1 Tehran Yalta And Potsdam Conferences (pptx)
  • L13 Berlin Wall (pptx)
  • L13 John F (mp4)
  • L2 Difference Between Nations Statements (pdf)
  • L2 Difference Between Nations Statements (pptx)
  • L2 Ideological Differences (pptx)
  • L2 Ideological Differences Worksheet Low Ability Sheet (pdf)
  • L3 Timeline Information (pdf)
  • L3 Timeline Information (pptx)
  • L3 Us-Soviet Relations (pptx)
  • L4 Student Fill In Sheet Truman Doctrine Marshall Plan And Soviet Response (pdf)
  • L4 Truman Doctrine And Marshall Plan (pptx)
  • L4 Truman Doctrine And Marshall Plan Information Sheet (pptx)
  • L4 Truman Doctrine And Marshall Plan Information Sheet (pdf)
  • L5 Berlin Airlift Fact File (pdf)
  • L5 Berlin Airlift Fact File (docx)
  • L5 Cominform And Comecon (pptx)
  • L5 Cominform And Comecon Information Sheet (pdf)
  • L6 Berlin Crisis (pptx)
  • L6 The Berlin Blockade 10m (mp4)
  • L7 Source Information For Students (pdf)
  • L7 Source Information For Students (pptx)
  • L7 Source Pictures For Students (pptx)
  • L7 Source Pictures For Students (pdf)
  • L7 Warsaw Pact (pptx)
  • L8 The Arms Race (pdf)
  • L8 The Arms Race (doc)
  • L9 Group Packs (pdf)
  • L9 Group Packs (pptx)
  • L9 Hungarian Uprising (pptx)
  • Module 5 Cuban Missile Crisis (pptx)
  • Module 5 How Effectively Did The Usa Contain The Spread Of Communism (pdf)
  • Module 5 How Effectively Did The Usa Contain The Spread Of Communism (docx)
  • Module 5 The History Of The Cuban Missile Crisis Matthew A (mp4)
  • Module 6 Brezhnev Doctrine (pdf)
  • Module 6 Brezhnev Doctrine (pptx)
  • Module 6 Czechoslovakia 1968 (pptx)
  • Module 6 Gorbachev And The End Of The Cold War (pptx)
  • Module 6 Gorbachev Information (pdf)
  • Module 6 Gorbachev Information (pptx)
  • Module 6 Prague Spring Information Sheet (pdf)
  • Module 6 Prague Spring Information Sheet (pptx)
  • Module 6 Solidarity (pptx)
  • Module 6 Solidarity Movement Poland 1989 (mp4)
  • Module 6 What Was The Prague Spring- (mp4)