The Cold War 1945-1949

Overview of the topic

Why did the USA-USSR alliance begin to break down in 1945?
How had the USSR gained control of Eastern Europe by 1948?
How did the USA react to Soviet expansionism?
What were the consequences of the Berlin Blockade?
Who was the more to blame for starting the Cold War: the USA or the USSR



By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: be able to explain the reasons why the Cold War developed in the period 1945-49.

Most students will: be to explain the reasons for the Cold War and prioritise them.


Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to evaluate the different interpretations of what caused the Cold War.

Key Assessments

1 exam question done as a class assessment

How to help your child

Discuss the different perspectives on the reasons for the Cold War.  Discuss the possible pros and cons of Capitalism and Communism as political systems.

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