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).
- 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)