3.28 – The Second World War & Origins of the Cold War

[First section of class]

The Second World War, part 2

Readings

Richard Overy, “How the Allies Won

History.com, D-Day and the Atomic bombings and War on the Eastern Front and Battle of Okinawa

U.S. Holocaust Museum, Liberating the Death Camps

Matthew Magda, Review of FDR and the Creation of the U.N.
Bretton Woods

(continued from last class)

National World War II museum, ‘America goes to war’ 

PBS, The War, Japanese Internment and Japanese-American soldiers

Discussion questions

How did the war affect life on the home front in the United States?

Why did Japanese internment occur? What are your thoughts on the decision of many Japanese Americans to serve in the U.S. military?

Why did the Allies win the war?

What contributions did the United States make to Allied victory?

To what extent was World War II ‘the good war’?

If you had been in President Truman’s position, would you have used atomic weapons against Japan?

 

[Second section of class]

Origins of the Cold War

Readings

U.S. History, Containment and the Marshall Plan

The Creation of NATO

Marshall Plan

Berlin Airlift

The Red Scare

Discussion questions

According to President Truman and many other Americans, what threat did the Soviet Union and communism as a whole pose to the United States?

What were some of the major steps the United States took to contain the expansion of the Soviet Union and its communist allies in the late 1940s and early 1950s?

How did those changes represent a departure from U.S. foreign policies prior to World War II? How did memories of the League of Nations and international politics in the 1930s shape post-war U.S. foreign policies?

 

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