The Cold War

Join The Cold War author, Brad Kelly for this live 5 hour webinar on the superpower rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that shaped the world between 1945 and 1991. Understand the long-term forces and factors that led to some of the most extraordinary crises of the 20th century; the development of the nuclear bomb, man walking on the moon, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, Glasnost and Perestroika, the fall of the Berlin Wall – and more. As well as the ideology of the conflict, we’ll explore the importance of geopolitics in contributing to the growing tensions between the capitalists and communists.

$360 (+GST)

In this course you will learn

Part 1: The Origins of The Cold War

Learn about the breakdown in the great WWII alliances between the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain in the final months of the war. Understand how the failure to agree on the future of Europe and Germany led to a geopolitical, as well as an ideological conflict. Understand the United States policy of containment and the Marshall Plan – and how the US failed to contain communism in eastern Europe by 1949 and its spread into Asia in October 1949.


Part 2: The development of the Cold War

Dating from the death of Stalin, you’ll examine the development of the Cold War between 1953 and 1968. You’ll explore the evolving policies of containment, peaceful co-existence and the domino theory. In addition, you will discover the arms and space race as well as the various crisis in the period including the Berlin Wall (1961), the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) and the Prague Spring (1968). Finally, we will look at the emergence of a multi-polar world when China get the A-bomb in 1964.


Part 3: Détente

Starting with an overview of détente, discuss the impact of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the beginning of arms reduction talks. Next, we look at the Sino-Soviet split and the development of Ostpolitik in eastern Europe. Explore the Cold War conflicts in Vietnam and the Middle East, including the 1967 Six Day War, 1973 Yom Kippur War and the 1979 Iranian Revolution.


Part 4: The end of the Cold War

The final stretch of the Cold War was between 1980 and 1991 – and the end was marked by the relationship between Reagan and Gorbachev. We’ll explore the attitudes and policies of the Americans and the Soviets, as well as the pro-democracy demonstrations in eastern Europe that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and ultimately the end of the Soviet Union in December 1991.

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About Brad

Brad is the founder and senior presenter at Cornerstone Teacher Learning. He is a teacher, writing and professional learning coach who has spent over two decades in education as a History and English teacher, holding various middle leadership positions as a department head, Director of Secondary and more recently in professional learning. He is the author of seven textbooks with Cengage and Small Caps publishing, and has had over 1,500 teachers through his courses on writing instruction in the areas of history, English and cross-curricular interventions. Brad is interested in learning how students and teachers learn with a keen interest in literacy and assessment.