USSR’s control over Eastern Europe 1948-1989

Overview of the topic

Why was there opposition to Soviet control in Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968, and how did the USSR react to this opposition?
How similar were events in Hungary in 1956 and in Czechoslovakia in 1968?
Why was the Berlin Wall built in 1961?
What was the significance of ‘Solidarity’ in Poland for the decline of Soviet influence in Eastern Europe?
How far was Gorbachev personally responsible for the collapse of Soviet control over Eastern Europe

Expectations

By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: be able to explain the long and short term reasons for the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

Most students will: be able to prioritise the reasons for the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to evaluate Eastern and Western perspectives on the different events 1948-89.

Key Assessments

1 exam question as a class assessment; 1 exam question as a homework task.

How to help your child

Discuss the similarities and differences between events in Hungary and events in Czechoslovakia.  Discuss the importance of Gorbachev’s rule in bringing about the end of Soviet control over Eastern Europe. 

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