Unit 11: Cold War
Livadia Palace on the Crimean coast where the Yalta Conference took place in February 1945. Many scholars have cited the decisions reached at the conference as marking the start of the Cold War. Photo courtesy Thomas T. Hammond.
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Unit Learning Objectives
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, read George Kennan's "The Sources of Soviet Conduct". In
a one-page paper, given the benefit of hindsight, assess the accuracy of Kennan's
remarks almost fifty years later.
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, watch the movie Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, directed by Stanley Kubrick), released at the very hight of the
Cold War. In a one-page paper, explain
why or why not a similar-type of movie poking fun at the current
international situation could be released in 2006.
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, read the The Tonkin Bay Resolution (1964), and then write a one-page paper, How did the Gulf of Tonkin Incident provide an excuse for United States military involvement
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, read excerpts from Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain
Speech (1946) and then Joseph Stalin's Reply to Churchill (1946) and write a one-page paper comparing the rhetoric on both sides.
- For up to 25 points of extra credit (maybe more), read President Sukarno of Indonesia: Speech at The Opening
of The Bandung Conference (April 18, 1955) and Prime Minister Nehru: Speech to Bandung Conference
Political Committee (1955) and Anwar el Sadat: Afro-Asian Solidarity and the World
Mission of the Peoples of Africa and Asia (1957) and write a one-page paper (maybe longer) in which you assess the rationale for the Non-Aligned Movement.
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, compare and contrast the NATO and Warsaw pact treaties in a short
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, read The Helsinki
Final Act (1975) and write a short paragraph explaining the purpose of the Accords.
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, read the U.S. and USSR Exchange of Notes on the Berlin Wall (1961) and write a paragraph on the politics involved in the creation of the Berlin Wall.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send your instructor the title of the site, the URL and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.
- Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) review the causes and events of the Cold War and (2) assess the worldwide impact of the Cold War.