Week 8: WWII and 1940s-1960s (the start of the Cold War)

World II and the Cold War (1940s-1960s)

Please follow all of the hyperlinks and read all of the documents listed below

WWII events and causes


Answer the following questions about WWII

  1. Who were the belligerents
  2. What were the immediate and long-term causes of WWII


  1. What were the ways that the war entered the United States’ cultural life?


WWII in Asia

Please answer the following questions:

  1. What role did race play in Japan’s interest in WWII
  2. When did WWII start in Asia?
  3. How does reading about the Asian front help you understand the war in global terms?

Please watch the following video:

Many have argued that this event was the start of the Cold War

  1. Do you think that the release of the nuclear bomb was meant to show the US power to the USSR or to punish Japan?

Cold War

  1. Please describe the process of the development of the Cold War. Which were the most important developments and why?
  2. Why was the “loss” of Cuba such a major loss for the US?

The Cold War in Europe

Below is a list of Cold War Primary sources that illustrate the development of tensions between the US/USSR. Please browse through them to address the question of when the Cold War started. Links: http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/collection/27/cold-war-origins

Need for the Berlin Wall (http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117196)