CHY 4U: Cold War Theories

Today, you will be examining theories and how they relate to specific Cold-War topics. Each group will examine how one theory applies to a specific issue/event. Afterwards, each group will share its findings with the class through the method of the group’s choice (I am hoping for interpretive dance).

Groups:

  • Mutually Assured Destruction and how it relates to the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (P. 505)
  •  Domino Theory and how it relates to the wars in Vietnam and Korea (P. 503-504)
  •  Brinkmanship and how it relates to the Cuban Missile Crisis (P. 504-505)
  •  Domino Theory and how it relates to the Marshall Plan (P. 495-496)

Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD): The idea that nuclear arms used by both sides in a conflict would cause damage so severe that both sides would be destroyed; thus, neither side would be MAD enough to engage in such a conflict.

Domino Theory: The idea that a political event in one location can cause a shockwave of similar events in neighboring regions.

Brinkmanship: ​Pursuing a dangerous policy to the limits of safety before stopping (think chicken)

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