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USA vs USSR Fight! The Cold War: Crash Course World History #39 (12:15)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 01:19 Who were the two competing powers of the Cold War, and what did they each want?
  2. 02:11 What was behind the “Iron Curtain”, according to Winston Churchill?
  3. 02:40 Why did the USA drop the first atomic bomb, and what was the consequence of this?
  4. 04:45 Where did the Cold War start and how was it “fought”?
  5. 05:10 How was the strategy of “containment” used by the US?
  6. 05:42 What was the nuclear arms race, and what was so dangerous about it?
  7. 07:09 Where and how did the Cold War get “hot”?
  8. 08:13 What were the three “worlds” and why don’t we use those terms now?
  9. 09:25 What were some problems with Soviet communism that led to its downfall?
  10. 10:22 How did Mikhail Gorbachev help end the Cold War?