Cold War
This playlist pulls together content relating to the the superpower struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1991.
What this playlist includes:
43 lectures across 7 courses.
All resources designed and delivered by university academics and researchers.
Self-marking quizzes for all lectures, as well as an end-of-topic quiz.
Reading lists, essay questions and extension activities.
Courses and Lectures
1. Cold War – Overview, 1945-1991
Dr Thomas Tunstall Allcock
Manchester University
2. Cold War - Origins, 1945-50
Prof. Andrew Preston
University of Cambridge
3. Cold War – The Cold War in Asia, 1945-75
Prof. Kevin Ruane
Canterbury Christ Church University
4. Cold War – The Cold War in Europe, 1941-55
Dr Mathias Haeussler
University of Cambridge
4.1. Introduction – 05:23
4.3. The Long Term Origins – 07:28
4.5. The Division of Germany – 08:52
5. Cold War – The Berlin Crisis, 1958-61
Prof. Sir Lawrence Freedman
King's College London
7. Cold War – Reagan, Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War, 1979-1991
Prof. Andrew Preston
University of Cambridge
7.1. Introduction – 03:15
7.3. Genuine Détente, 1985-89 – 08:41
7.4. Why Did the Cold War End? – 10:08
7.5. The Post-Cold War World – 07:04
What Next?
Read around the topic
– John Lewis Gaddis, Strategies of Containment (1982)
– John Lewis Gaddis, We Now Know (1997)
– Lawrence Freedman, Kennedy's Wars (2000)
– Odd Arne Westad, The Cold War: A World History (2017)
– Frederik Logevall, Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam (1999)

Think about these questions
– To what extent was the Cold War caused by differences in ideology between the US and USSR?
– What factors contributed to US involvement in Vietnam?
– Why did to US and USSR both seek to ease Cold War tensions from 1963-79?
– What factors contributed to the end of the Cold War?
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