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Cold War

Cold War refers to the post-World War II struggle and competition between the United States and its allies and the Soviet Union and its allies. From mid-1940s to late 1980s, international politics was heavily influenced by intense rivalry between the two powerful groups of nations, accompanied by military coalitions, weapons development, space race, invasions, espionage and propaganda. It also divided the world along two political ideologies - democracy and capitalism promoted by the U.S., and communism propagated by the Soviet Union. The cold war ended with the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991.
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Cold War Video
Grade: 8 - 12
A presentation about the Cold War.

History of the Cold War
Grade: 8 - 12
A brief overview and timeline of the Cold War.

The Cold War
Grade: 8 - 12
Cold War lesson - After World War II, the two major geopolitical powers left - the United States and the Soviet Union - divided up Europe in the aftermath of the war, and spent the next 4 decades fighting over the rest of the world.

Cold War Politics in The Space Race
Grade: 8 - 12
A video on the Space Race - How Cold War politics drove the United States space program.

What was the Cold War?
Grade: 8 - 12
In this history presentation learn major points of the Cold War. The Cold War accounted for more than four decades of competition and conflict between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Cuban Missile Crisis
Grade: 8 - 12
A documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis - a 13-day confrontation in Oct 1962 between the USSR and Cuba on one side and the US on the other side. It was a major confrontation during the Cold War when it came closest to turning into a nuclear conflict.

From World War to Cold War
Grade: 8 - 12
The video traces the origins of the Cold War after the end of World War II. It highlights the epic struggle between Soviet communism and Western democracy and capitalism.

The Berlin Wall
Grade: 8 - 12
An overview of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War period.

Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall
Grade: 8 - 12
A look at the rise and eventual fall of the Berlin Wall, a major Cold War event that paved the way for German reunification.

The End of the Soviet Union
Grade: 8 - 12
A short film on dissolution of the Soviet Union into 12 independent republics. The process began in 1985 and culminated in 1991, marking an end to the Cold War.

The Collapse of the Soviet Union
Grade: 8 - 12
The video details the events that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resignation of Gorbachev.

Fall of The Soviet Union
Grade: 8 - 12
Learn about the multiple factors that played a role in the fall of the Soviet Union or USSR.

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