Ch 23: Cold War Europe: AP European History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Cold War Europe chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about relations between the Soviet Union and the United States in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Cold War Europe chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayCold War alliances and confrontationsThe Cuban Missile Crisis and proxy wars, the Warsaw Pact and role of Nikita Khrushchev in the Cold War
Tuesday The birth of NATO and post-war Great BritainThe formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and economic, industrial and social developments in Great Britain
WednesdayPost-war France, Germany and ItalyThe rehabilitation of France, partition of Germany and formation of a new republic in Italy
ThursdayPost-war Eastern EuropeDevelopments in Czechoslovakia, Poland and Yugoslavia after World War II
FridayDecolonization, nationalism and independence Growth of nationalism in Africa, Asia and the Middle East; overview of Bloody Sunday and the British-Irish conflict

14 Lessons in Chapter 23: Cold War Europe: AP European History Lesson Plans
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Tension Between the US and the Soviets: Wars, Confrontations & the Cold War

1. Tension Between the US and the Soviets: Wars, Confrontations & the Cold War

In this lesson, we explore the causes and factors that led to increased tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union after WWII, and to the incidents that almost led to all out war.

The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

2. 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.

Soviet Domination of Eastern Europe

3. Soviet Domination of Eastern Europe

In this lesson, we explore the post-World War II settlement of Eastern Europe, and the subsequent Soviet domination of governments in Eastern Europe, as well as the creation of the Warsaw Pact.

Post-war Great Britain: Reforms, Industry & Economy

4. Post-war Great Britain: Reforms, Industry & Economy

In this lesson, we explore the political developments in Great Britain after World War II and the development of the British welfare state under the direction of the Labour Party and Clement Attlee.

Post-war Poland: Soviet Occupation, Social Unrest & Economic Depression

5. Post-war Poland: Soviet Occupation, Social Unrest & Economic Depression

In this lesson, we explore the history of Poland after WWII, from its occupation by the Soviet Union and subsequent Soviet influence upon Polish government to the Solidarity movement and Lech Walesa.

Post-war Czechoslovakia: Politics, Economy & Soviet Influence

6. Post-war Czechoslovakia: Politics, Economy & Soviet Influence

In this lesson, we explore the history and politics of Czechoslovakia from World War II until the country's eventual dissolution only a few short years after the fall of communism and the removal of Soviet influence.

Post-war Yugoslavia: New Name, Government & Republics

7. Post-war Yugoslavia: New Name, Government & Republics

In this lesson, we explore the rise of communism in Yugoslavia after the expulsion of the German invaders after WWII. We'll then look at its subsequent problems with ethnic violence and its eventual dissolution in the 1990s.

Decolonization and Nationalism in Israel, Egypt, Africa & Algeria

8. Decolonization and Nationalism in Israel, Egypt, Africa & Algeria

In this lesson, we explore the concepts of nationalism and national self-determination and how they affected the decolonization of the Middle East and Africa in the second half of the 20th century.

Decolonization and Nationalism in Indonesia, Vietnam, India & Pakistan

9. Decolonization and Nationalism in Indonesia, Vietnam, India & Pakistan

In this lesson, we explore the nature of nationalism in the colonial world and its various manifestations in South and Southeast Asia during the second half of the 20th century.

Post-war France: Politics, Economy & Rebuilding

10. Post-war France: Politics, Economy & Rebuilding

In this lesson, we explore the rebuilding of the entirety of French society in the decades after World War II, from the economic recovery aided greatly by the United States to the changes in the structure of French government.

Post-war Italy: New Republic and Social & Economic Rebuilding

11. Post-war Italy: New Republic and Social & Economic Rebuilding

In this lesson we explore the post-WWII rebuilding of the Italian economy, the restructuring of its fundamental political structures, and its close partnership with the U.S. in the Cold War world.

Post-war Germany: Politics, Developments & Partitioning

12. Post-war Germany: Politics, Developments & Partitioning

In this lesson, we explore Germany after the end of World War II, from its partitioning due to its part on the front line of the Cold War to its eventual reunification in 1990.

The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday

13. The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday

In this lesson, we explore the centuries-old rivalry between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, and the political and military struggle for the six northernmost counties in Ireland during the thirty-year period known as 'The Troubles.'

Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies

14. Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies

In this lesson, we explore the life and career of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. The country's leader after the death of Joseph Stalin, Khrushchev implemented several domestic reforms while also standing toe-to-toe with the West.

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