Social Studies

The History of the Cold War

This course will give you an overview of the Cold War from its origins to its unexpected end.
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50 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 6 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
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Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

The class has two main goals.  One is to provide students with a basic factual knowledge of the origins and history of the Cold War. Just as important, however, is the ability to use this information productively to evaluate, synthesize, or interpret key facts and ideas. The instructor will provide material for students to read to gather information, and also present factual information in class. Students will learn how to integrate factual data into some basic understanding of how the Cold War arose and its related world issues which concerned policymakers and citizens at that time. This class will thus emphasize the development of cognitive skills such as primary source analysis, logical inferences, and map construction and interpretation.  
I have taught the history of the Cold War at various university prep schools in Europe and the United States and as well as at several American colleges and universities.
Every week students will read one primary document related to our topic that we will discuss in class. I will add additional material (books, articles, documentary films, etc.) that will be optional sources of information for the students. The class will be a combination of engaging lectures and facilitated Socratic seminar-style discussions. 
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50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The study of the history of the Cold War deals generally with some sensitive topics in history such as war, civil war, and other conflicts. I take great care to present the content in an age appropriate manner.
There are many sources that are used for teaching the history of the Cold War in this course. Dr. Brezina studied various primary and secondary sources (articles, books, dissertations, etc.) during his years as a teacher and professor of history that will allow him to interpret the Cold War history objectively and address the full range of a variety of peoples' histories, including marginalized populations. For example, he will draw from two books, A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945 by William R. Keylor and The Cold War: A History though Documents by Edward H. Judge and John W. Langdon, both of which are commonly used as objective and multi-cultural history text books in U.S. higher education. (However, Dr. Brezina does not require students to purchase or use these books.) 


Zbysek Brezina, PhD
Lives in the United States
Former Professor of History
71 total reviews
71 completed classes

About Me

I have taught history and social studies for over twenty-five years at all levels, including elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. I have a Ph.D. in history from Boston University, and spent ten years as a tenure-track... 
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