Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The End of World War II and the Beginnings of the Cold War in Europe

The End of World War II and the Beginnings of the Cold War in Europe

This 1958 U.S. Army “Big Picture” film documents the events in Europe after the end of World War II that led to the Cold War and the formation of NATO.

Description

This 1958 U.S. Army “Big Picture” film documents the events in Europe after the end of World War II that led to the Cold War and the formation of NATO. The tactics used by the Soviet Union to spread their influence in Turkey, Greece and Czechoslovakia are explained.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What was agreed upon between the Soviet Union and the western powers at Yalta and Potsdam?
  • How did the communists manipulate elections in eastern Europe?
  • Explain the differences between Russia and the western countries in terms of military preparedness. What was the impact of this difference on the spread of communism in Europe?
  • What tactics did the Soviet Union use in spreading their influence in Europe?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Cold War
    • Communism
    • Demobilization
    • Iron Curtain
    • Neutrality
    • Soviet Union
    • World War Ii

    Topics

    U.S. HistoryWorld History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity