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Cold War: Russia

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

Source: The Soviet Army marches during May Day celebrations in 1954. (Associated Press, 1954).

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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.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

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?

Cold War | Russia: Introduction

Level 1Articles

Cold War | Russia: key people

Level 1ArticlesLeader of the Soviet Union from 1924-1953

Level 3

Level 1 resourceeBooks

Level 1ArticlesGeorge F. Kennan, American diplomat and historian.

Leader of the Soviet Union from 1953 - 1964Level 1Articles

Level 3

Leader of the Soviet Union from 1964 -1982Level 1Articles

Level 1ArticlesSoviet premier [leader] from March 1985-1991.

Cold War | Russia: Key events

Level 1Articles

Level 2

Level 1 resourceFilm and videoUsing YouTube on campus help and instructionsTo view this video on campus remember to first login to your school Google account using your mConnect username and password. Click here for more help on using YouTube on campus.

Khrushchev Denounces "Dictator" Stalin.


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In text reference / citation: British Pathé (1956) or (British Pathé, 1956)
Bibliography / Reference list: British Pathé (1956). Khrushchev Denounces "Dictator" Stalin, [eVideo]. Retrieved from

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