International School History - European Schools - S7 4hr option

S7 History Last update - 14 April 2015 Official European School History S7 Syllabus: English, French, German
World History Cold War 1945-91
Key Questions Lessons Additional materials and external links
Who was responsible for the start of the Cold War?

 

PowerPoint from lesson.

Reading from Steve Philips Cold war on the historiography of the Cold War.

Lecture and additional materials on the historiography and an essay by Bradley Lightbody.

Documentary film making activity.

What are the key documentary film-making techniques?

John D Clare on the historiographical debate.

See my student's documentary films on the origins of the Cold War on the University of East Anglia website.

Student Documentaries from 2011
Student Documentaries from 2012
Student Documentaries from 2013
Student Documentaries from 2014
 
See my article explaining why history students should be making documentary films.

How did the Cold War develop in the 1950s? A lecture overview - text.

The arms race and space race worksheet.

 

 

Video - Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove (Wikipedia)
 
Video - Cold War episodes 8 Sputnik  website.

 
Three part BBC documentary from 2013 examines the Cold War from a British cultural perspective.
   

What were the causes and consequences of the Korean War?

 

Edited extracts and additional questions from Steve Phillips on the Korean War.

Short BBC schools video on the Korean War.

How successful had Containment been? Essay plan.

 

Outstanding BBC website on North Korea today - North Korea Secretive State.
 
Video - Cold War episode 5 Korea and accompanying website. This includes a transcript of the episode.
The Cold War and decolonisation in Asia.

How was decolonisation achieved 1945-54? British India and French Indochina

Worksheet 4 edited extracts from Michael Lynch - Britain 1945-2007 and Steve Phillips Cold War.

A comparative decolonisation fact file (editable Word doc.)

Edited People's Century Video on Indian independence.

Video on decolonisation movement in French Indo-China.

 

BBC Days That Shook The World Dramatic reconstruction of creation of India and Pakistan

Gandhi: hero or villain video
Sir Richard Attenborough's Gandhi video
Ho Chi Minh: hero or villain? videos

 
People's Century video examines Decolonisation in India and Africa.

The Cold War and decolonisation in Latin America.

Why did the USA organize a coup in Guatemala in 1954?

Worksheet 5 on the Guatemalan coup of 1954.

Video extract about Edward Bernays' role in the US propaganda campaign about the Guatemalan coup from the Century of Self.

 

 

 

 

Wikipedia on the Guatemalan coup and the CIA's website's mea culpa of the 'shameful' actions in Guatemala and 'unfortunate legacies of the Guatemalan "success"'.

Cold War Museum's account of the 1997 declassified CIA documents revealing the USA's role in 1954.

The award winning BBC documentary The Century of the Self by Adam Curtis episode 2 'The Engineering of Consent'.
Why was there a revolution in Cuba in 1959? Worksheet 6 on the Cuban Revolution.

Video - Mark Steel lecture on Che Guevara.
 
Motorcycle Diaries - Walter Salles' dramatization of the Che Guevara's life-changing motorcycle road trip.

 

Videos - Castro: Hero or Villain?, 
People's Century on Cuba and Vietnam.
 
Full People's Century video which examines the role of guerilla war in post 1945 liberation movements.

Eric Hobsbawm extract on the Cuban Revolution

 

The Cold War and decolonisation in the Congo.

Why was there a Congo Crisis and why was Patrice Lumumba assassinated?

Worksheet 7 Information booklet and questions on the Congo Crisis. BBC report on why Lumumba was assassinated.

Documentary video - The assassination of Lumumba.

 
Recommended further reading, In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz, a brilliant account of Mobutu's Congo.

 

Adam Hochschild on Lumumba - extract from King Leopold's Ghost and short video interview.

BBC - Who killed Lumumba?  Also World Socialist Website review. Probe - The Assassination of Lumumba and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjold

BBC on the conspiracy theories behind the death of Dag Hammarskjold (September 2011)
 
Lumumba is a 2000 film directed by Raoul Peck centred around Patrice Lumumba in the months before and after the Democratic Republic of the Congo achieved independence from Belgium in June 1960.

 

Why did superpower relations deteriorate in the early 1960s?

U2 spy plane and Berlin wall worksheet activity based on James Mason Modern World history to GCSE

Walsh 342-46 GCSE Modern World History
 
Video - Cold War episode 9 Wall and accompanying website.
 

Video Days that Shook the World on U2 Spy Plane and Cold War spies.

People's Century video which examines the Cold War 1945-61. A good revision overview.

John D Clare on U2 and Berlin Wall.

How close did the world come to nuclear war during the Cuban missiles crisis? PowerPoint from the lesson.

Cuban Missiles Crisis worksheet from James Mason Modern World history to GCSE

Video - One Minute to Midnight

Textbook accounts by Bradley Lightbody, Oliver Edwards and Mike Sewell

Walsh 347-52 GCSE Modern World History
 
Video - Cold War episode 10 Cuba and accompanying website. This includes a transcript of the episode.

John D Clare on Cuba.
 
Thirteen Days is a 2000 docudrama directed by Roger Donaldson about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, seen from the perspective of the US political leadership. Kevin Costner stars

How accurate is 13 days? See Alex von Tunzelmann's review.

Fog of War is a 2003 American documentary film about the life and times of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara The film was directed by Errol Morris.

 

How did the USA get involved in Vietnam? Complete this timeline

Worksheet James Mason Modern World history to GCSE and Walsh 353-355 GCSE Modern World History

 

 

Video - Cold War episode 11 Vietnam and accompanying website. This includes atranscript of the episode.

 

What was the Vietnam War like and why did the USA lose? Walsh 355-359.GCSE Modern World History

Steve Phillips on why the USA failed to win. Edited extract from Kevin Jackson's 2002 article for the Independent on Sunday about the attraction of war movies. 
Scene from Apocalypse Now

PowerPoints on how the war was fought and why the USA lost.

 

Videos on Ho Chi Minh

Extract from Vivienne Sanders 'Fighting and Living in Vietnam'.

Video - The BBC in Vietnam.

Video Fog of War
Hollywood on war: an analysis by John Pilger

Three part BBC documentary from 2013 examines the Cold War from a British cultural perspective.
   
What was the media's role in the Vietnam War? A case study of photography Video on the photography of the Vietnam War: The Camera at War and questions to be answered.

 

See Sophie Lacombe's answers from 2011
 
An outstanding illustratedmultimedia essay on the photography of the Vietnam War.

BBC Exhibit marks the 40th anniversary of the death of photographer Henri Huet - 11 May 2011. Daily Mail illustrated article in 2013 on Larry Burrows and this Time Life exhibition

American experience video and website on the My Lai massacre.

 

What was detente and what did it achieve? Cold War 9 - Worksheet from the lesson.

Walsh 410.GCSE Modern World History

 

 

Video - Cold War episode 16 Detente and accompanying website. This includes a transcript of the episode.

Essay by Bradley Lightbody on Detente.

How was detente weakened in the 1970s? Worksheet from the lesson. Table to completed about five challenges to detente.

PowerPoint summary.

 

Video - Cold War episode 17 Good guys bad guys and accompanying website. This includes a transcript of the episode. This episode deals with the Cold War in Africa and the Middle East.
Why was Afghanistan so important to changes in the Cold War? Video - Cold War episode 20 'Soldiers of God'.  Accompanying website. This includes a transcript of the episode.

 

What was the Second Cold War? Cold War 10 - Worksheet from the lesson.

Walsh 411.GCSE Modern World History

 

 

Essay by Bradley Lightbody - Why and how did President Reagan challenge the USSR from 1981 to 1985? from his Cold War book.
Video - Cold War episode 22 Star Wars and accompanying website. This includes a transcript of the episode.
What was Solidarity? Did it mark the beginning of the end of the Cold War? Worksheet and PowerPoint from the lesson. from lesson. Videos on Charter 77 and Solidarity.

Walsh 412-15.GCSE Modern World History This is an excellent explanation of the significance of Solidarity.

See the dedicated section of ISH for an extended multimedia  version of the material in the lesson worksheet worksheet.
 
Video - Cold War episode 19 Freeze  and accompanying website. This includes a transcript of the episode.

 

How close did the world come to nuclear catastrophe in 1983? Able Archer worksheet. Excellent documentary about the nuclear crisis 1983: The Brink Of Apocalypse

 

What was 1980s Cold War culture? Cold War culture information sheet. See the original www.atomica.co.uk/culture.htm See the two big Nuclear Holocaust movies of the 1980s: The Day After and Threads and the excellent Raymond Briggs animation When the Wind Blows.

See the extract from the bomb episode of the Young Ones. Play the 1980s arcade games and watch the Cold War music of the 1980s. Includes rare performance of Cardiff's finest Along The Lines (ie me) doing the Cold War classic 'Futile Dreams'!

 
Part three of this BBC documentary from 2013 examines the Cold War from a British cultural perspective.
   

Why and how did Communist regimes collapse in central and eastern Europe collapse in 1989? Cold War 11 - Worksheet explains why the revolutions happened and Cold War 12 Worksheet  explains how.
 
Video - Cold War episode 23 The Wall  and accompanying website.


Videos of Gorbachev and Reagan shown in the lesson.
Cartoons about Reagan as seen in the lesson

Walsh 418.GCSE Modern World History

What happens when an historian is also an eyewitness? Garton Ash on 1989

PowerPoint overview of the historiography and a detailed set of explanatory notes.

Two part documentary on Gorbachev.

News report video collection from 1990 that shows how events were reported in the USA at the time.

Additional notes about Gorbachev and the opposing blog interpretations about Reagan.
Essay by Bradley Lightbody on the role of Gorbachev in the end of the Cold War.

People's Century Video - People Power examines the events of 1989. Website for the series.
 

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