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Causes of The Cold War Page 1

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    "This nation will remain a neutral nation, but I cannot ask that every American remain neutral in thought as well."

    - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939

    The United States and the Soviet Union emerged from the World War II to displace Western Europe as the world’s superpowers. However, with the defeat of their common enemy, their primary bond was broken. Their differences, most notably their visions of a postwar Europe, drove the allied nations into an ideological conflict that would span 45 years, force most nations to choose sides, and bring the world to the brink of destruction. But could the Cold War have been avoided? For this activity, students consider the major factors stemming from World War II that led to the Cold War and develop a plan that could have brought the victors of the world together.

    Main Task

    • Review the main causes of the Cold War.
    • Develop a narrative that details a course of events–both during and immediately after the war that could have defused the tensions and avoided 45 years of discord.
    • Produce a presentation that creatively outlines your main points.
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