Study the SOL content of this unit by clicking on the links. Rebuilding Europe

Cold War Web-Quest: Answer the questions listed below. Copy the titles above each series of questions. Then number below the title. Copy the questions found on each page. Click on the links to find and write your answer next to the question.


1. The introduction tells about the tensions the Cold War caused. Summarize the opening paragraph. Watch the video on this page. List the seven phases of the Cold War that are labeled in the video. We will discuss these phases in class. Intro: Tensions


KOREAN WAR: Korean War Link

VIETNAM WAR: Vietnam War Link

CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS Cuban Missile Crisis Link

Map of Europe After World War II: This map shows the Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.


The larger inset map shows how the Allies divided Germany immediately after the war. The smaller inset map shows how the Allies divided the city of Berlin immediately after the war. These divisions show the beginnings of tensions between the communist nation of the Soviet Union, or U. S. S. R., and the democratic nations of Western Europe and the United States. The Soviet Union remained in control of the nations of Eastern Europe after the war, forcing them to adopt Soviet-controlled, communist governments.

What was the "Iron Curtain?" Winston Churchill created the term during a speech at Winchester College in Fulton, Missouri on March 5, 1946. In his speech, Churchill warns that new war-related vents caused by this Iron Curtain can and should be prevented.

"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in some cases, increasing measure of control from -- from Moscow. Athens alone -- Greece with its immortal glories -- is free to decide its future at an election under British, American, and French observation. The Russian-dominated Polish government has been encouraged to make enormous and wrongful inroads upon Germany, and mass expulsions of millions of Germans on a scale grievous and undreamed-of are now taking place. The Communist parties, which were very small in all these Eastern States of Europe, have been raised to preeminence and power far beyond their numbers and are seeking everywhere to obtain totalitarian control. Police governments are prevailing in nearly every case, and so far, except in Czechoslovakia, there is no true democracy." Churchill's Speech

The U.N. U.S. Economy U.S. Changes New Technologies

The 1950s World Post World War II America

Life changed in America after World War II. It was the 1950s and Americans became consumers on a grand scale. The TV became a part of everyday life. Along with it came the "TV Dinner." Who invented the TV Dinner? It's another historic "mystery!"

The TV Dinner

1950s World Vocabulary:

√Baby Boom (Look under United States) Boom

√G. I. Bill of Rights G. I. Bill

√Interstate Highway System Interstate


√Eleanor Roosevelt (Second paragraph-last two sentences) Mrs. R.

√Marshall Plan Plan


√George C. Marshall Marshall

√United Nations U.N.

The Cold War

Click on these links to read the SOL content on the Cold War.

The Cold War Cold War Conflicts


Cold War Vocabulary: Click on the links to define these terms.

•communism communism

Communist Countries in 1980

•democracy democracy

•Cold War cold

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•Winston Churchill & "iron curtain" iron curtain


•Warsaw Pact Warsaw

•Truman Doctrine Doctrine

•East Germany (c) East

•West Germany (d) West


•Berlin Airlift Airlift

•Berlin Wall Wall

•North Korea (c) North

•South Korea (d) South

•Korean War Korean War

•Cuban Missile Crisis Crisis

•Vietnam War (c vs. d) Vietnam

•Domino Theory Domino

•containment Containment

•superpowers (Read the third paragraph.) Super

•Ronald Reagan (This links to a section called "Escalation of Cold War.") Cold

•Mikhail Gorbachev Gorbachev

Documents Study: Origins of the Cold War

Click on the link and follow classroom directions for the documents study. Documents Study

Readings On Cold War Conflicts:

Online textbook table of contents: Cold War Contents

First Reading: Label your page Origins of Cold War. Write one important fact for each paragraph in the reading. Origins

Second Reading: Label your page Korean War. Write one important fact for each paragraph in the reading. Korean War

Third Reading: This reading contains several topics. List each topic in order on your paper and leave room to write one important fact for each paragraph under each topic. The topics are: Containment, Marshall Plan, Fate of Germany, Berlin Blockade, NATO.

Fourth Reading: Cuban Missile Crisis Complete your reading notes in the same way for this page. Cuban Missile Crisis

Cold War Powerpoint Guided Reading

Click on the link for the powerpoint. It will open in a new window. Use the powerpoint to fill in the Cold War notes on your handout.

LOOK INTO A FALL OUT SHELTER: Fall Out Shelter Shelter

WATCH THE "DUCK AND COVER" VIDEO: What would it have been like to be a child in school watching this video? How would you feel? Would you think you were safe? What is the message of this video?

MORE VIDEO FROM THE COLD WAR: The following cartoon shows the favorable nature of the American economy versus the Communist economy. It shows the information given to the general public to create a Cold War "Homefront" feeling.

Cold War Review Games
1. Cold War #1

2. Cold War #2

3. Cold War #3

4. Cold War #4 (Fling!)

5. Cold War #5

6. Cold War #6

7. Cold War #7