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Historians have offered vastly different interpretations of the origins of the Cold War over the past 5 decades. Few historical events have been subject to such an array of revisionist and neo-revisionist accounts. In this lesson, students enter the fray through exploring a variety of documents highlighting various issues and perspectives that led to the Cold War and address the question: Who was primarily responsible for the Cold War, the United States or the Soviet Union?







Image: Early Cold War political cartoon by Herbert Block, 1949. From the Library of Congress.

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I used this with my 8th graders last week - great lesson! The students really enjoyed the different perspectives that were given. It was a great way to get them to think about seeing the same events from multiple points of view. Thank you!
I like this activity very much. Students of all abilities have been able to participate and process the information and then make an informed decision.
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