The Cold War Old School

The Cold War Old School2021-09-09T16:30:18+11:00

The Cold War 1945-1991 – old school correspondence is back! 

Join The Cold War author, Brad Kelly for this 4 week school distance learning course on The Cold War. We’ll explore the superpower rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union between 1945 and 1991.

You’ll receive a complimentary copy of Brad’s book (free shipping in Australia), FOUR x 2 hour weekly modules with MP4 files emailed each Monday plus a 90 minute introduction session with Brad.

There will be FOUR modules broken into The Origins of the Cold War (1945-1953), the development of the Cold War (to 1968), Detente and the Renewal and End of the Cold War.

$300 + GST


WEEK 1: The Origins of the Cold War 1945-1953

This week, you’ll gain an overview of the origins of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953. The breakdown of the British, American and Soviet alliance at the end of World War II and failure to agree on the post-war future of Europe and Germany led to an ideological and geopolitical conflict that became entrenched by the middle of 1946. By the end of the decade, the United States had failed in its attempt to contain communism within Eastern Europe when China turned communist in 1949, followed by Korea in 1950. The activities in Module 1 will revolve around developing skills in source analysis so that teachers can more effectively teach students how to analyse and interpret different sources, and identify different perspectives, representations and interpretations of the past.

WEEK 2: The Development of the Cold War until 1968

This week, you will gain an overview of the development of the Cold War to 1968. The ideological and geopolitical conflict led to a number of political ideas including the American policy of containment and the fear of the domino theory through South-East Asia. The Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev condemned Stalin in the Secret Speech of February 1956 and declared an era of peaceful coexistence at the same time as promising to ‘bury’ the West. This ideological posturing was manifested in the arms race and the space race. Geopolitically, it led to potential open conflict with the Berlin Wall (1961), the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) and the Prague Spring (1968).

WEEK 3: Détente 1964-1980

You’ll gan an overview of détente. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 gave both sides pause when faced with the grave threat of nuclear war. The Chinese development of the A-bomb in 1964 also introduced a third nuclear power that only widened the split between the Sino-Soviet alliance and a new multipolar world was ushered in. In Europe, the West German leader Willy Brandt attempted to normalise relations with the Eastern-bloc in the new era of Ostpolitik. But despite the outward thawing of tensions, events in Vietnam and the Middle East (1967 Six Day War, 1973 Yom Kippur War and the 1979 Iranian Revolution) continued to draw in the superpowers.

WEEK 4: The Renewal and the End of the Cold War 1980-1991

This final week covers the renewal and end of the Cold War. Two events spelled the end of détente; the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian Revolution. Ronald Reagan came to power on a wave of anti-communist sentiment calling the Soviet Union the ‘evil empire.’ When the Soviet reformer Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in March 1985 and implemented his twin policies of glasnost and perestroika, American policies softened. A round of Superpower summits and pro-democratic movements in eastern Europe eventually led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.