Title The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries Access to History for the IB Diploma
Subtitle Study and Revision Guide - Paper 2
Author Russell Quinlan
ISBN 9781510432383
List price GBP 16.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 176
Book size 210 X 298 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Hodder Education
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Reinforce knowledge and develop exam skills with revision of key historical content, exam-focussed activities and guidance from experts, as part of the Access to History Series.

  • Take control of revision with helpful revision tools and techniques, and content broken into easy-to-revise chunks.
  • Revise key historical content and practise exam technique in context with related exam-focussed activities.
  • Build exam skills with Exam Focus at the end of each chapter, containing exam questions with sample answers and examiner commentary, to demonstrate what is required in the exam.



How to use this book

Getting to know the exam


Case study 1: The origins of the Cold War, 1917–45 • The ideology of the Cold WarThe Soviet Union and the Western powers, 1917–41The Grand Alliance, 1941–5The liberation of Europe, 1943–5The Yalta Conference, February 1945Exam focus


Case study 2: From wartime allies to post-war enemies, 1945–7 • Transition from war to fragile peace, 1945–6Germany, June 1945 to April 1947The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall PlanThe ‘Iron Curtain’Key debate: Did the USA or the USSR start the Cold War, 1945–7?Exam focus


Case study 3: The impact of Cold War tensions on Germany and Europe, 1948–52 • The division of GermanyWestern European rearmamentThe consolidation of the rival blocsExam focus


Case study 4: The spread of communism in Asia, 1945–54 • Japan and the Cold War, 1945–52The Chinese Civil WarThe Korean War, 1950–3Indochina, 1945–54Exam focus


Case study 5: From détente to the Berlin Wall, 1953–61 • The thaw, 1953–5The emergence of the Third World and the Non-Aligned Movement1956: The year of crisesThe aftermath of the Hungarian Uprising and Suez Crisis, 1957–8The Berlin Crisis, 1958–61Exam focus


Case study 6: The global Cold War, 1960–78 • The Sino-Soviet splitThe impact of the Cold War on tensions in Congo, 1960–5The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962Vietnam, 1954–75What was the impact of Cold War tensions on the Middle East, 1957–79?The Cold War in Africa, 1964–79Exam focus


Case study 7: The politics of détente, 1963–79 • US–Soviet relations, 1963–72Détente in Europe, 1963–9OstpolitikHelsinki Accords and SALT II, 1975–9Exam focus


Case study 8: The end of the Cold War, 1976–91 • ‘New Cold War’, 1976–85Mikhail Gorbachev and renewed détente, 1985–9The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, 1989–90The collapse of the USSR, 1991Exam focus


GlossaryKey figuresTimelineAnswers


About the Author:

Russell Quinlan began teaching IB Diploma History in 2000 and has taught in Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, and Germany. In 2003, he became an IB History examiner, including working as a team leader for five years. He was a Curriculum Reviewer for the current IB History syllabus. Russell has graduate degrees in History and Secondary Education. He also teaches part-time for The College of New Jersey’s Department of Education Global Program as an Adjunct Professor. Currently, he is the Head of International Admissions and Marketing at Albanian College Durres.

Target Audience:

This book is suitable for History students and the teachers of IB Diploma.

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