How the Cold War developed



  1. Peaceful Co-existence?

  2. Poland/ Hungary

  3. U2 Crisis

  4. Berlin Wall

  5. Cuban Missiles Crisis

  6. Self-test 1953-1963




  Cold War: basic narrative overview

Cold War: simple overview specifically aimed at the AQA GCSE.


  Scott Allsop's FABULOUS video of the post-war world - how many of the events he features do you recognise?


- BBC debate-podcast on Khrushchev's effect on the Cold War

- BBC debate-podcast on how near the world came to extinction in 1962


- quirky view - Cuban Missiles Crisis


•    International relations 1945-1962 - brilliant simple overview


Cold War Timeline

History Learning Site (excellent)

SchoolHistory Interactive Diagrams - GREAT!


CNN: Cold War Declassified (a brilliant set of interviews with 'key players' about a range of important Cold War issues)

The Cold War Online Museum (a collection of articles)

Germany during the Cold War


Mr Field's excellent revision exercise




  • How peaceful was Peaceful Coexistence?

  • Hungary, 1956: causes of the rising, why it was a threat to the USSR and how the soviets dealt with it; the effects on Europe and the Cold War

  • The continuation of the nuclear arms/space race: Sputnik 1; ICBMs; Polaris; Gagarin; Apollo

  • The U2 Crisis 1960: the purpose of U2; the responses of the USA and the USSR to the crisis; the effect on the Paris Summit and the peace process

  • The situation in Berlin: the Berlin Wall; Kennedy’s response.


  • How close to war was the world in the 1960s?

  • The nuclear deterrent: progress with nuclear disarmament; the space race in the 1960s

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis,1962: the effect of Castro’s seizure of power in Cuba; Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs; Khrushchev and the missile crisis of 1962; Kennedy’s response; the danger to the world; the results of the crisis; the effect on Kennedy and Khrushchev

  • Czechoslovakia, 1968: Dubcek and the Prague Spring; why it concerned the USSR and the Warsaw Pact and their response to it; the effects on East-West relations; the comparison with Hungary, 1956; the Brezhnev Doctrine.


  • Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis?

    • 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 Cuban Revolution and the USA's reaction to it; the Bay of Pigs; the events of the Crisis including the roles of Khrushchev and Kennedy; the resolution and the consequences of the Crisis.


In this module you will learn:  

  • THREE ways ‘peaceful co-existence’ worsened the Cold War.

  • EIGHT countries in the Warsaw Pact.

  • FIVE crises after 1955.

  • FIVE causes, the events and FOUR results of the Hungarian uprising

  • THREE reasons tension grew after 1957.

  • The events and FOUR results of the U2 crisis.

  • THREE causes, the events and FOUR results of the Berlin Wall

  • THREE causes, the events and FOUR results of the Cuban Missiles Crisis.