June 2014

How “Cold” was the Cold War?

How “Cold” was the Cold War?

Common Core Standards: RH1, RH6, RH8, WHST1, WHST8, WHST9

Introduction

In teaching the history of the Cold War at both the university and secondary levels, many

teachers shroud the complexities of the Cold War in hyperbole. Students often fail to understand

that conflict between the two superpowers would not necessarily result in a nuclear armageddon

and that the entire period did not consist of the calculated brinksmanship displayed by John F.

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