Lessons on The Cold War

In 1941, the Soviet Union, United Kingdom and the United States of America became allies against the Axis powers. The Grand Alliance of these three very different countries proved successful in the defeat of the Axis powers.

Britain had been at one point the only country holding out against Axis aggression. It was through its force of will, and assistance from its empire and the Commonwealth, that it was able to hold out against the German Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain. The United States provided material assistance through Cash and Carry but remained steadfastly neutral until it was attacked by Japan in Pearl Harbor during December of 1941. The Soviet Union was geographically isolated from the other two powers as it fought on its eastern front against the menacing and unrelenting Axis force. It did, however, have dual advantages of resources and population. And it was with this that the USSR was able to ward off the attacks from the Germans.

Although the USA was slow to enter the war and mobilise its forces, it was a force to be reckoned with once it did. It had a large population base and it was separated from the war geographically. This allowed its industries to provide necessary materials to its armed forces and those of its allies. The attack on its bases in Hawaii destroyed the USA’s ideas of isolation and the American people were galvanised into action.

The Soviet Union, Britain and the United States were unusual allies but were thrown together in a need to defeat a common enemy. These Allies were determined to defeat the Axis power but beyond that, there was no clear agreement on what the post-war world would look like.

This section provides teaching and learning resources, lesson ideas and student activities to aid you in achieving successful student understanding of the Cold War.

Berlin Blockade

The Berlin Blockade

This Berlin Blockade modern history lesson includes an overview of the Berlin Blockade during the Cold War era. The focus […]

Cuban Missile Crisis Research Task

Cuban Missile Crisis Research Task

This Cuban Missile Crisis Research Task lesson includes an overview of the Cuban Missile Crisis during the Cold War era. […]

The Grand Alliance 1941-45

The Grand Alliance 1941-45

The Grand Alliance 1941-45 modern history lesson includes an overview of the Grand Alliance between 1941-45, its breakdown and the […]

Post World War Two Tensions

Post World War Two Tensions

This Post World War Two Tensions modern history lesson includes an overview of the post World War Two tensions that […]

Should they have dropped the Atomic Bomb?

Should they have dropped the Atomic Bomb?

Should they have dropped the Atomic Bomb? modern history lesson includes an overview of the reasons for bombing the atomic […]

The Space Race

The Space Race

This modern history lesson includes an overview of the Space Race during the Cold War era. The focus of this […]

The Truman Doctrine, 1947

The Truman Doctrine, 1947

The Truman Doctrine, 1947 modern history lesson includes an overview of the Truman Doctrine. The focus of this lesson plan, […]

The 1970s Detente

The 1970s Detente

The 1970s Detente – The 1970s are generally regarded as a period of Detente or a ‘relaxation of tensions’ during […]

The Korean War

The Korean War 1950-53

The Korean War 1950-53 modern history lesson includes an overview of the Korean War of 1950-53. The involvement of the […]

The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan lesson includes an overview of the economic issues in Europe after the end of the Second World […]

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