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Cold War: Timeline

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

Source: Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin pose with leading Allied officers at the Yalta Conference, 1945. (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.

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?

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InformationThe following Cold War timeline outlines key events grouped by location: USA, Russia, Cuba, Europe, South East Asia and Australia. Each entry links back to the articles in this Kerferd Library study guide, which in turn provides direct access to eBooks, online articles and videos. 

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See also the Wilson Center "Cold War International History Project" (CWIHP) timeline. This timeline includes information about key events and access to original documents. "Since its establishment in August 1991, the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) has amassed a tremendous collection of archival documents on the Cold War era from the once secret archives of former communist countries. CWIHP has become internationally recognized as the world’s preeminent resource on the Cold War." (Wilson Center Digital Archive, n.d.)

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