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The Cold War GCSE History Series

The Cold War GCSE History Series

History

GCSE

OCR

20 tutorials available 20 tutorials total

The Cold War is an extremely exciting period of history, with two superpowers in a standoff. Our Cold War series not only brings alive the real tension of this period but will also cover everything you need to know for your coursework, essays and GCSE. The course is split into 3 key areas; the origins of the Cold War and the arguments about who was to blame; the Cuban Missile Crisis and who was considered the winner; the conflict in Vietnam 1954-75 with the focus of why the USA failed. We also offer exam guidance on exam preparation at the conclusion of the series.
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Tutors for this module

Roy Huggins

B.A. PGCE

Curriculum Leader of Ebacc
Mexborough Academy

Sara Forster

M.A., P.G.C.E

History Teacher
McAuley Catholic High School

Cold War GCSE History Course Overview - Click here

The Cold War is split into 3 key areas

  1. Who was to blame for the Cold War?
  2. Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis? 
  3. Why did the USA fail in Vietnam?

The podcast series looks at the key elements across all of these subjects and will prepare you for your coursework and examination.

Who was to blame for the Cold War?

The key focus points are:

  • Why did the USA-USSR alliance begin to break down in 1945?
  • How had the USSR gained control of Eastern Europe by 1948?
  • How did the USA react to Soviet expansionism?
  • Who was more to blame for the start of the Cold War, the USA or the USSR?

The specified content for this element includes the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences, Soviet Expansion in Eastern Europe The Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Blockade and its immediate consequences.

Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis?

The key focus points are:

  • How did the USA react to the Cuban Revolution?
  • Why did Khrushchev put missiles into Cuba?
  • Why did Kennedy react as he did?
  • Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis? 

The specified content includes the Cuban Revolution and the USA reaction, The Bay of Pigs, the Crisis including the roles of Kennedy and Khrushchev, the resolution and the consequeces of the Crisis.

Why did the USA fail in Vietnam?

The key focus points are:

  • Why did the USA get increasingly involved in Vietnam?
  • What were the different ways that the USA and the Communists fought the war?
  • Whose tactics were the most effective – the USA’s or the Communists’?
  • Why did the USA withdraw from Vietnam? 

The specified content includes the increasing involvement of the USA under Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson; the main events of the Vietnam War, the tactics used by both sides and the reasons why the USA withdrew.

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