Why did the Cold War begin?

Out of Print.

After World War II, some hoped that the United States could shape events and promote U.S. values throughout the world. Instead the United States soon found itself locked in a struggle with the Soviet Union. Understanding the origins of the Cold War gives students a foundation for understanding the history of the four decades that followed. Readings, simulations, and primary sources examine the emerging challenge posed by the Soviet Union. The materials prepare students to simulate the process faced by U.S. decision makers as they decided how to respond.



Supplemental Resources

Additional reference material for added context and support.


Beschloss, Michael. The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945 (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002). 377 pages.

Gaddis, John L. The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947 (New York:Columbia University Press, 1972). 396 pages.

Jones, Joseph Marion. The Fifteen Weeks (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1964). 296 pages.

Kennan, George F. Memoirs (1925-1950) (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1967). 623 pages.

Kimball, Warren F. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the World Crisis, 1937-1945 (Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath and Company, 1973). 297 pages.

Paterson, Thomas G. The Origins of the Cold War (Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath and Company, 1974). 126 pages.

Ulam, Adam B. The Rivals: America and Russia Since World War II (New York: Penguin Books, 1971). 405 pages.

Collection of sixty-nine documents related to the Truman Doctrine
Newly available documents and analysis of events, links to other sites
Collections of documents and papers on various Cold War topics
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