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The End of the Cold War

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This teaching collection chronicles the events and people associated with the end of the Cold War. Suggested teaching strategies are embedded throughout.

Guiding questions include:
-Who started the "revolutions" of 1989--Gorbachev and his reforms? People in Eastern Europe?
-Evaluate the roles of the United States and the Reagan and Bush administrations, as well as the changes within the Soviet Union, in bringing about the end of the Cold War.
-Why did the Cold War end?
-What were the costs of the Cold War, both human and material?
-What are the legacies/lessons of the Cold War?
-What uncertainties or questions remained as the Cold War came to a close? What would come to characterize the 'New World Order' that followed?

Tags: Wilson Center, Cold War, Reagan, Gorbachev, glasnost, perestroika, revolution, Soviet Union, USSR, Communism