Unit 12: 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.
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Extra Credit Options
- See the videos dealing with the Cold War in the HIS 242 course.
- For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the url and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
- Take the short 5-point quiz for chapter 34. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
- 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 a maximum of 50 points 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. For a maximum of 25 points, in a long paragraph explain
why or why not a similar-type of movie poking fun at the current
international situation could be released in 2006.
- For 25 points maximum extra credit, compare and contrast the NATO and
Warsaw pact treaties in a short
- For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read The Helsinki
Final Act (1975) and write a short paragraph explaining the purpose of the Accords.
- For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, read 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 a maximum of 25 points 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 a maximum of 50 points 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
a maximum of 10 points extra credit, read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's One
Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and then answer the study sheet questions.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send 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.
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