The Cold War Study Course & Assessment

The Cold War online study course. Learn all about key moments of The Cold War including key conflicts, impact + much more. Share with your students and let them complete at home.

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Course Overview

Following the end of the Second World War, the alliance of the US and the USSR was threatened by a number of issues. The differing ideas during the Allied conferences revealed that the rest of the Allies did not agree with the Soviets. Their foreign policies and disagreements over Germany heightened tensions.

Historians suggest that the Cold War began in 1947 and ended in 1991, along with the collapse of the USSR. This political, military and technological tension between the US and the USSR did not involve direct confrontations, but its leaders competed against each other via propaganda, supporting proxy wars, and espionage.

The tension between the US and the USSR developed after the end of WWII. From being allies, they engaged in political, economic and technological rivalry. With espionage, propaganda and proxy wars, the Cold War lasted until 1991, the year that also marked the collapse of the USSR. Significant events covered the support of both superpowers to proxy wars in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Before the disintegration of the USSR due to reforms and nationalist revolutions, peace talks began détente.

Part 1: Causes and Nature of the Cold War

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, compare and contrast communism and capitalism as a cause of the Cold War; Analyse the impact of WWII on the emergence of the Cold War; and Connect the spread of communism in Southeast Asia to the Cold War.

Part 1 Quiz: Causes and Nature of the Cold War

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Part 2: Superpower Leaders

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, Be familiar with the leaders of the USSR and the USA and their contributions to the Cold War, Identify the leaders during détente, and Analyse superpower support to the proxy wars in Asia

Part 2 Quiz: Superpower Leaders

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Part 3: Timeline of Significant Events

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, Identify the most significant events during the Cold War, Analyse how the Cold War simultaneously happened in different parts of the world, and Assess the roles of the US and the USSR at the beginning and end of the Cold War

Part 3 Quiz: Timeline of Significant Events

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The Cold War Course Assessment

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