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How Far do you agree that the origins of the Cold War in 1945 and 1946 owed much to ideological differences and little t

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Transcript of How Far do you agree that the origins of the Cold War in 1945 and 1946 owed much to ideological differences and little t

How Far do you agree that the origins of the Cold War in 1945 and 1946 owed much to ideological differences and little to personalities and conflicting national interests?
Timeline (p15) 1945-1946
1945
Feb - Yalta Conference (FDR, Stalin, Churchill) Agreements on establishment of UN, Division of German into 4 zones, principle of free elections in East Europe, USSR join war against Japan - disagreements on fate of Poland where there is communist government based in Lublin but exiled government in London)

8 May VE day
17 July - 2nd August Potsdam Conference (Truman, Stalin, Attlee) Truman and Attlee show concern over Soviet Actions in Eastern Europe where communist groups were being positioned in important government roles and Truman reveals US acquisition of atomic Bomb which represents a considerable worsening of relations

6th August - US drop A-bomb on Hiroshima (the US don't inform USSR they are going to do this)

November - Communists win rigged elections in Bulgaria and Yugoslavia

1946
2nd January - King Zog of Alabania deposed by communists

22nd February - US diplomat Kennan 'Long Telegram'

5 March - Churchill gives 'Iron Curtain' speech at Fulton, Missouri

26 May - Communists head a coalition government in Czechoslovakia

10 September - Greek communists launch civil war Lesson obj
1) Fully plan essay to be written over next two classes (open book)
2) Source logs Intro
1)Context - World War II coming to an end and the patchy alliance of convenience between the two emerging superpowers quickly deteriorates between 1945 and 1946 into what becomes known as the Cold War
2) Outline historical argument - Historians disagree about causes and inevitability of this development with some historians viewing it as an inevitably because of the mutually antagonistic ideologies of the capitalist West and the communist East. Other historians argue...
3) Briefly what the sources say
4) What is your argument 3 PGs
1) Ideology
2) National interests
3) Personalities PG 1 IDEOLOGY
P - Point (thematic about ideology and causing Cold War + perhaps mentioning the sources)
E - Examples (primarily from Source 1 but perhaps not entirely)
K - Own knowledge (Bolshevik revolution, Atlantic Charter, developments in Eastern Europe, Iron Curtain)
C - Challenge - Can you challenge this theory and the source
E - Evaluate - evaluate the argument and link it to your own view Log Books

Should show me how you are using the sources and what sources you are using
i.e. Army Report 1917
Issue WWI mutiny in the army
Comments - This source vividly depicts the state of collapse of the army in 1917 three years into war and is used to support optimist thesis
It is from an anonymous army report and therefore cannot tell whole story but is convincing when linked to secondary source Complete A3 Plan
20mins Share your ideas/own knowledge with group
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