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Ch 20: Causes & Consequences of the Cold War

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Increase what you know about the causes and consequences of the Cold War, including the fall of the Soviet Union and the birth of NATO. If you are preparing for a test or class discussion, these lessons and quizzes can help increase your confidence by providing information and testing your knowledge of related topics ahead of time.

Causes & Consequences of the Cold War - Chapter Summary

By going through these lessons on the causes and consequences of the Cold War, you can deepen your understanding of how the actions of the United States and the Soviet Union impacted developments in Europe. Our expert instructors also explain the nuclear arms race and Cold War politics. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recount the role of the United States and the Soviet Union in post-1945 Europe
  • Discuss essential events of the Cold War era
  • Explain realism, traditionalism, revisionism, and post-revisionism
  • Discuss the theory of containment regarding communism
  • Highlight key developments related to the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union
  • Detail conflicts in the second part of the 20th century
  • Recall Mikhail Gorbachev's attempts to save the Soviet Union

The engaging teaching style used by our educators can help to ensure you enjoy the lessons and are aware of the causes and consequences of the Cold War. All of our self-assessment quizzes are short with about five questions each. If you'd like, print the lesson quizzes and turn them into study worksheets.

7 Lessons in Chapter 20: Causes & Consequences of the Cold War
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Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

1. Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

In this lesson we will look at the role the United States and the Soviet Union played in post-1945 Europe. We will focus specifically on the influence of each super power and see how each state impacted developments in Europe.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

2. The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

The period of distrust between the Soviet Union and United States was known as the Cold War. Learn about the origins of the era, essential events and the shaping of the national security state.

Approaches Toward the Cold War: Traditionalism, Revisionism & Post-Revisionism

3. Approaches Toward the Cold War: Traditionalism, Revisionism & Post-Revisionism

The study of the Cold War has produced a voluminous amount of interpretation. In this lesson, you will learn about the various schools of thought, including realism, traditionalism, revisionism and post-revisionism.

The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

4. The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

In this lesson, we explore the foreign policy of the U.S. and Western Europe directly after WWII. We will look at its theory of containment regarding communism, and the birth of NATO.

The Effects of the Nuclear Arms Race on Cold War Politics

5. The Effects of the Nuclear Arms Race on Cold War Politics

In this lesson, we will examine the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union that took place throughout the post-war era. We will learn why this arms race took place, and we will highlight key developments associated with it.

Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

6. Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

In this lesson, we explore several of the world's conflicts in the second half of the 20th century that ended up becoming proxy wars between the United States and the Soviet Union in their Cold War standoff.

Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

7. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.

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