APWH: The Start of the Cold War

Posted on April 29, 2020


After WWII, the Western powers learned that they couldn’t trust Joseph Stalin.


Who would’ve thought it? Who?

Please view this Crash Course on The Cold War – the war where no direct shot was fired, but lots of proxy wars were fought.

I’ll post part 2 of this next week – the Cold War lasted a looooong time:

The worst part about the Cold War is that everyone in the entire world lived in constant paranoia that one of the world’s super powers would get angry at the other one and set off a nuclear attack of a hydrogen bomb. This continued from the 1950s, through the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s (where both the US and USSR went “I dare you” and no one did, thank God), through the US having to deal with a very unpredictable Nikita Khrushchev and his shoe banging, through a cooling off period in the early 70s, back to an “OH MY GOD WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE” moment in the 1980s.

Luckily, that last part gave us a LOT of good ’80s movies where all the bad guys are Soviets.

On top of all of that, we have the Korean War and Vietnam Wars, which were intended to halt the spread of communism in Asia but which turned into proxy wars where the US supplied one side of the conflict and the USSR supplied the other.

Oh, and somewhere in the middle of all of this, China becomes a Stalinist Communist dictatorship. Good times.

You have two parts of your assignment: part 1 is to complete what would normally have been a fun circle around the classroom station assignment. Using this powerpoint, please complete this worksheet and post it in TurnItIn.com by Monday at 11:59.

Part 2 is to practice your duck and cover technique.