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Cold War 1: How Was It a War? What Made It Scary?

This is an introduction that explains what the Cold War was, how it was a larger conflict with smaller hot wars as part of it, and what made it a new and scarier kind of war.
Edward Simmons
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Students will learn events related to the Cold War. More important, they will use imagination and understanding to experience how frightening yet exhilirating it was to live under threat of nuclear annihilation. They will begin to understand gains and losses of the Cold War so that level of understanding can be further developed in the second course in the series.
Vanderbilt University Ph D in history, experienced college history instructor, and grader of advanced placement American history tests for Educational Testing Service. Having been born in 1943, I lived through the Cold War from the beginning and can share personal experiences to illustrate information.
 2 files available upon enrollment
One or more handouts will be available on the classroom site for reference purposes only to ease the pressure of note taking and help with ice breaker discussions that begin the class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The age range for the course is a guideline, not a requirement. I am often asked about younger students that parents believe are ready for the subject matter and length of time spent in class. In my view, parents know the readiness of their students better than anyone else. 
For information and graphics suitable for young students, I will rely on sites such as the National Archives (https://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/cold-war), Congressional Research Service (https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44891), and Presidential Libraries. Information will also come from textbooks such as the "AMSCO Advanced Placement Edition of United States History" which is used in high school courses -- and I am a grader of the tests for advanced placement courses given through Educational Testing Service.


Edward Simmons
Lives in the United States
The Teaching Grandpa
682 total reviews
898 completed classes

About Me

I am a Vanderbilt Ph.D. who has spent a lifetime learning and teaching world history, especially in connection with science, archaeology, Bible studies, and philosophy. Being drafted (Vietnam period) just as I started my college teaching career... 
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