Edexcel A2 History Unit 3 E2

A World Divided - Superpower Relations, 1944-90

Author: Andrew Mitchell,Robin Bunce,Laura Gallagher

Publisher: Collins Educational

ISBN: 9780007457441

Category: A-level examinations

Page: 144

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Enable students to succeed in their exam with Superpower Relations. This study aid contains the key information that students need for Edexcel History A2 Unit 3 Option E2, clearly laid out with Examiners' and Essential notes. Also included are graded essays with full comments from experienced examiners on how to secure higher grades. A world divided: Superpower relations, 1944–90 covers all the content and skills your students will need for their Edexcel A2 Unit 3 Option E2 examination, including: • Chapter 1: CONTROVERSY A: WHY DID THE COLD WAR BETWEEN THE SUPERPOWERS EMERGE IN THE YEARS TO 1953? Including – The origins of the Cold War 1917–44; early stages of the Cold War, 1945–9; Stalinisation in Eastern Europe, 1945–53; Korean War, 1950–3; critical assessment of the key interpretations – ideological confrontation, great power rivalry, responsibility of the leaders, misjudgement • Chapter 2: THE POST-STALIN THAW AND THE BID FOR PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE Including – The USSR after Stalin; Soviet moves towards peaceful co-existence and the US response; the end of the thaw • Chapter 3: THE ARMS RACE, 1949–63 Including – Development of weapon technology and delivery systems; the ‘balance of terror’; the Cuban Missile Crisis • Chapter 4: SINO–SOVIET RELATIONS, 1949–76 Including – Sino–Soviet relations, 1949–50; consolidation of the friendship, 1950–4; deterioration, 1954–8; confrontation, 1959–69; ‘ping-pong’ diplomacy; Sino–US relations, 1972–6 • Chapter 5: DÉTENTE, 1969–80 Including – The origins and features of détente; the reality and success of détente, 1973–6; critics and détente in decline; the end of détente, 1979–81 • Chapter 6: CONTROVERSY B: WHY DID THE COLD WAR COME TO AN END IN THE 1980s? Including – US foreign policy in the 1980s; weakening Soviet control over Eastern Europe; the end of the Cold War; critical assessment of the key interpretations – the role of personalities, the impact of economic factors, ‘people power’ in the Soviet Bloc, the moral bankruptcy of communism • Chapter 7: EXAM SKILLS • Chapter 8: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS • Index