ERIC Number: ED376102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Origins of the Cold War: A Unit of Study for Grades 9-12.
This unit is one of a series that represents specific moments in history from which students focus on the meanings of landmark events. The events of 1945 are regarded widely as a turning point in 20th century history, a point when the United States unequivocally took its place as a world power, at a time when Americans had a strong but war-oriented economy and a long standing suspicion of Europeans in general. Based on primary sources, this unit explores the decisions of key policymakers at this crucial moment in modern history. The unit contains three lessons dealing with U.S. foreign policy from 1945 to 1950 including the outbreak of the Korean War. The first lesson plan is on the atomic bomb and its effect on international relations. In this lesson students analyze three U.S. arguments on possible use of the atomic bomb and define and discuss the idea of "atomic diplomacy" on post-World War II relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the second lesson plan the policy of containment is defined and arguments are presented both for and against its adoption by the United States. The third lesson deals with the practice of containment. In it students analyze how the policy was put into practice by the United States; identify and define actions that exemplify the containment policy; define and analyze the Soviet perspective on the American policy of containment; and use the Korean conflict as an example of the containment policy in action. (Author/DK)
Descriptors: Foreign Policy, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 9, High Schools, History Instruction, International Relations, Modern History, Policy Formation, Primary Sources
National Center for History in the Schools, 10880 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 761, Los Angeles, CA 90024-4108.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for History in the Schools, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Location: USSR