Battle of Midway
Students examine primary source accounts of the Battle of Midway from both the U.S. and Japanese perspectives. The lessons include a short essay asking the students to assess whether the Battle of Midway was the greatest naval battle of modern history.
The Impact of the Cold War on the Olympic Games
Students are invited to critique Cold War influences on the Olympic movement. Emphasis is placed on events between the 1948 London Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The Lessons are arranged in an easy-to-use format for student analysis of the primary and secondary sources.
The Soviet Union in the 1980s: Propaganda in the Age of Reform
Students will perform a structured gallery walk as they learn about the visual culture of the USSR, specifically the reforms of Perestroika and Glasnost at the end of the Cold War.
The Cold War in Latin America: The Chilean Coup of 1973
Students question what regional and international factors led the United States to support the overthrow of the government of Salvador Allende. The lessons include original national security documents as a central element of the activities.
The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in 1979
Students analyze the various factors that led the Soviet Union to launch a military invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Students will use a variety of secondary sources in addition to primary source national security documents from both the U.S. and the Soviet Union.