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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson H: From Hot to Cold War

Review and Assessment: Globalization of the Cold War


The Cold War started in 1945 and it proved to be the most influential struggle in the second half of the 20th Century. Almost every country in the world was affected by this struggle between the United States and the U.S.S.R. China was not exempt from this historic struggle and was greatly influenced by it. China itself was involved in almost every major conflict in Asia that became part of the Cold War, up until the 1980s.

Directions: Review the timeline of the development and dissolution of communist countries around the world.

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The Cold War was not an isolated event or a conflict simply between the United States and the U.S.S.R.; the Cold War enveloped many countries around the world. Both the United States and the U.S.S.R. were interested in controlling Asia. These Cold War contenders wanted to spread their respective economic ideologies and political structures as well, and, thereby spread their spheres of influence. This led to regional conflicts as part of the larger Cold War. Think about these examples as you complete the BCR below.

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Brief Constructed Response - Regional Conflict in the Cold War

Regional wars, conflicts, and nationalistic movements, such as those found in Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, and Cambodia demonstrated the tensions of the larger Cold War.

  • How did tensions between the Allies and the U.S.S.R. at the close of World War II develop into a Cold War?
  • Analyze how the influence of the U.S. and U.S.S.R. in Europe and China established the democratic "West" and the non-democratic "East."
  • Include details and examples to support your answer.

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