During the Cold War the United States and Soviet Union sought to exert their ideological, political, economic, and military influence around the world. This competition between the two lone superpowers following World War II impacted not only the United States at home and abroad, but also countries such as Germany, Korea, Guatemala, Cuba, and Vietnam. This course will take a close look at key moments of the Cold War, examine the events from an international perspective, and discuss American foreign policy and its impact on various regions of the world. In each class we will explore the options available to both the United States and Soviet Union and debate the pros and cons of the decisions that were ultimately made.
- The course begins on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
- Classes will occur once a week for six weeks.
- Classes will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.
- Weekly classes are 60 minutes in length on Zoom. These sessions will incorporate a combination of lectures, activities conducted on the Zoom chat, polls, Q&As, and discussions.
- This course has an estimated weekly commitment of 60 minutes.
This course is for middle and high school students (Grades 6–12). Parents, teachers, and other adults are welcome to attend the course but are asked not to participate in polls or submit discussion questions so that we may prioritize student learning.
Lesson Schedule and Registration
Registration is for the full 6-session course. Students must have a Gilder Lehrman account to register for a History School course. Create a free account here. Students under 13 must be registered by a parent/guardian. Please follow the instructions on the registration page.