Some suggested topics:
This list is not exhaustive; you may suggest a different topic if your teacher approves.
Vietnam has been excluded from these suggestions, as it is our external exam topic, and will be studied in detail after completion of the IA3.
COLD WAR CONFLICTS (GENERAL)
BERLIN BLOCKADE, 1949
Cold War Museum
Scroll down to 'Berlin Blockade' and 'Berlin Airlift'
KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953
John D. Clare.net: Korean War
CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS, 1962
Guide to Russia.com: Cuban Missile Crisis
National Air and Space Museum: Space Race
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Key QuestionWhy could it be said that Germany was the epicentre for all the tensions between democracy and communism, especially during the early period of the Cold War era? Look at this website.
: Germany became the epicentre of post-war heightened tensions between the US and USSR which intensified into the Cold War, and also the symbolic site of its conclusion many decades later in 1991 as the Berlin Wall fell.
1. What was the Berlin Blockade / Airlift of 1949, and why was it important in poisoning the relationship between the US and Sovet Union?
2. How was the division of Germany achieved, and what were its long-term consequences for the Cold War?
4. Why was the Berlin Wall built in 1961, and what impact did it have on the Cold War?
The Korean War
In what ways was the Korean War a significant conflict in the Cold War and a prototype for many modern international conflicts involving the super powers?
The Korean War demonstrated a significant shift and intensification of Cold War tensions which had enormous consequences and a profound and enduring impact on international relations. Where previously the Cold War conflicts had been totally focussed on Europe, the Korean War demonstrated that the battle over ideological differences had spread to Asia and inevitably to the world stage; it began the policy of ‘proxy wars’ in a third country that was to become a feature of other Cold War conflicts; and its effects continue to be felt 70 years later.
Hypothesis: Fidel Castro used his powerful Communist-brotherhood connections to deftly manipulate the opportunities afforded him, and to provoke and defy the United States.
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SOVIET WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, 1979-1988
New World Encyclopedia: Soviet-Afghan War
George Washington University: Afghanistan - Lessons From the Last War
Note where it says 'Jump to Documents' - this will take you to valuable primary source material.