International Relations 1945-1990

Outstanding GCSE lessons on International relations post-45

This section, dominated by the Cold War,and updated for the new 2016 history GCSE, focuses mainly on teaching its origins, its main crises and the reason why it came to an end. With the recent ‘strengthening’ of GCSE specifications many schools who had hitherto taught Inter-war International Relations alongside Germany 1918-39, now find themselves having to teach the post-45 period at short notice. For that reason, we have been adding new smart tasks on the Marshall Plan, and ‘Who started the Korean War? with a lesson on the ending of the Cold War coming soon.

Teaching international relations 1945-1990

This section, dominated by the Cold War focuses mainly on teaching its origins, its main crises and the reason why it came to an end.  With the recent 'strengthening' of GCSE specifications many schools who had hitherto taught Inter-war International Relations alongside Germany 1918-39, now...
Read more

Who started the Korean War? Smart Task

In this short starter smart task students are given two contradictory accounts of the start of the Korean War, both emanating from Korea. But which account do they think is more plausible and which extract goes with which book? Students look for loaded language and...
Read more

The end of the Cold War for new GCSE history: taking a fresh look

In a recent article in Teaching History (TH 164, September 2016) David Reynolds offers some clear insights into this period which might help to clarify issues for your GCSE students. Firstly , he identifies three distinct , but overlapping, phases within the period 1989-1991: Phase 1 (second...
Read more

Why did the US lose the war in Vietnam? A piece of cake?

In this lesson students focus on moving their understanding of the reasons for US defeat from simply listing and grouping, to prioritizing and linking.  They are shown a variety of revision guide models which they have to evaluate, before coming up with one of their...
Read more