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II, within two years postwar antagonism led the United States and the
Soviet Union into a new conflict that will continue until the end of the
20th century. From its beginning, the United States and the Soviet
Union blamed the other for the cold war. Historians currently offer a
more critical perspective and differing views as to who was actually
In order to prepare you must complete the following readings:
Review and identify relevant sections of Chapter 27.
Read the linked
documents. The site will open to the introduction page. You must select
the document transcript tab located on the upper right-hand side to open
the actual document.
The Truman Doctrine: http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=81
The Marshall Plan: http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=82.
As you read the document, consider the following questions- What
arguments are being made in this statement by President Truman in
support of the Marshall Plan? What re world events are directly and
indirectly alluded to? What message is Truman sending to the Soviet
Union and its satellites in this statement?
View the following
documentary series. As you will note the series is organized into
episodes, 24 in total. If you are interested in viewing the entire
series, you can go directly to youtube – The Cold War: https://youtu.be/22KIQ1QNnhE?list=PL8hNHC9nbLlzb4miGp5pZPYCk9Zw0dGke
NOTE: Select the link to view documentaries or Copy/Paste URL from each video, if it does not play when you click.
Cold War Documentary Part 1/24 – Comrades 1917 – 1945 –
Cold War Documentary Part 2/24 – Iron Curtain 1945 – 1947 –
YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/yzcZBFlmLoA?list=PL8hNHC9nbLlzb4miGp5pZPYCk9Zw0dGke
Cold War Documentary Part 3/24 – Marshall Plan – 1947 – 1952 –
YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/g0I6UVPkGWM?list=PL8hNHC9nbLlzb4miGp5pZPYCk9Zw0dGke
Cold War Documentary Part 4/24 – Berlin 1948 – 1949 –
YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/G-qu7Qs8410?list=PL8hNHC9nbLlzb4miGp5pZPYCk9Zw0dGke
Utilize at least one of the linked sources provided in this assignment to support your discussion.
Identify and incorporate at least one additional outside source
to support your discussion. In addition to the textbook, you may use
any material outside of the textbook that is recommended in the
Additional Reading section at the end of each chapter. You are also
encouraged to do your own research and identify relevant sources. Please
keep in mind that WIKIPEDIA is not an acceptable reference.
PREPARE AND SUBMIT:
Write a well-organized essay, a minimum of 700 words (but not limited to), including supporting details from the documents/textbook/other sources, in which you a analyze and discuss the material that has been assigned by addressing the following question:
Identify and discuss
the major conflicts between the United States and the Soviet Union that
resulted at the beginning of the Cold War, and explain important ways in
which both nations contributed to the worsening of cold war tensions.
As part of your discussion, you should address who, in your opinion,
started the cold war.
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