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Cold War: Overview

VCE History Units 1 & 2 | Study 1: Competing ideologies

Source: Digital montage by S Black. (Encyclopædia Britannica, 2019)

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

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Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities
Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that ideology plays a fundamental role in decision making, whether it be political, social, cultural or economical. Students will also understand how people fight for their beliefs, and how the impacts everyone from the individual to global superpowers. Students will understand how conflict manifests in many ways.

Essential Questions
  • What are the fundamental differences between Communism and Capitalism?
  • What do you (the student) think of Communism and Capitalism?
  • What makes different countries adopt different ideologies?
  • What were the main issues/events of the Cold War?
  • How did leaders strengthen/weaken the possibility of a third world war?
  • What is the morality behind nuclear weapons and the arms race?
  • How do popular protests impact governmental change?

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Cold War | Overview: Articles

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Cold War | Overview: eBooks

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Cold War | Overview: Online resources

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Cold War | Overview: Videos

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What Was the Cold War? (Roberts, 2018)


NOTE: PragerU, (Prager University), is NOT a university, it is a right leaning and conservative American non-profit organisation. Be aware of bias.

When using this video don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For more information and help see the Kerferd Library referencing guide and / or CiteMaker.
In text reference / citation: Roberts (2018) or (Roberts, 2018)
Bibliography / Reference list: Roberts, A. (2018). What Was the Cold War?, [eVideo]. PragerU. Retrieved from

Level 2 resource

Cold War - Iron Curtain (1945-1947). (CNN, 1998)


When using this video don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For more information and help see the Kerferd Library referencing guide and / or CiteMaker.
In text reference / citation: CNN (1998) or (CNN, 1998)
Bibliography / Reference list: CNN, (1988). Cold War - Iron Curtain (1945-1947), [eVideo]. CNN. Retrieved from

Cold War | Curriculum alignment and metadata

Level 1Victorian Curriculum and Assessment AuthorityArea of Study 1: Competing ideologies

Competing ideologies

  • "What were the causes of the Cold War?
  • What were the key characteristics of the ideologies of communism in the USSR and democracy and capitalism in the USA?
  • What was the impact of the Cold War on nations and people?
  • What led to the end of the Cold War?"

Victorian Certification of Education, History, Study Design 2016-2020 (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, 2015, p. 26-29.)

ScotleAustralian Curriculum Alignment

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