8.45 pm The Great Debate: Who caused the Cold War?


What you have to do
You are being interviewed by a TV producer who wants someone to host the TV programme 'The Great Debate'. You have to convince the producer you are the right presenter. To do this you have to tell the producer what 3 questions you will ask each leader:

Stage 1: Preparation
You will not be able to ask good questions unless you research carefully. For example, if you ask Stalin 'Did you cause the Cold War?', he will just say no! However, if you ask him why he ordered the Eastern European states to refuse Marshall Aid he will have to give you a proper explanation.

Stage 2: Your questions
We suggest you come up with 5-6 questions to begin with and then choose the best 3. You can record your best 3 questions for each leader online, save them and then work on them later wherever you have Internet access.

If you don't want to work online, you might want to use the following framework to record your questions. As well as your question, explain why you asked your question and what kind of response you are hoping to get. One question for Stalin is already shown.

Leader: Stalin

Question

I think this will be an awkward question because …

He might try to avoid the question by …

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is …

1 Why did you force the Eastern European states not to accept Marshall Aid?

The Eastern European states desperately needed the aid because of the damage caused by the war.

Claiming that they all agreed to reject Marshall Aid - he did not make them.

 

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Leader: Churchill

Question

I think this will be an awkward question because …

He might try to avoid the question by …

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is …

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Leader: Truman

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I think this will be an awkward question because …

He might try to avoid the question by …

Evidence I can use to make life difficult for the leader is …

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Working online

>Signing in

You can work online without signing in, but your work will not be saved when you leave the computer. Sign in to make sure your work is permanently saved.

Use the link at the bottom of the main page to sign in and retrieve any work you saved before.

>Editing

To type in or change one of your questions, click on the "Edit this question" link.

Type into the text boxes, and click the "Save and view" button when you are done.

The text boxes can take 700 characters each (about 100 words). Don't type in much more than will fit in the boxes without scrolling (10 lines) - the rest may not be saved.

>Saving and printing

To produce a finished piece of work (or to see what a partially finished piece of work will look like) click the "Create" link.

Your work will be displayed as a Web page in a new window. This page can be saved and printed out. On most computers you can choose "Save As..." or "Print..." from the "File" menu.

Just close the window when you have finished saving or printing your work. You can always open it again by clicking the "Create" link again.

Important! You may lose your work if you are not signed in and you do not use the exhibition for more than 20 minutes - this is done automatically by the computer. Remember to save your work by signing in if you leave the computer, or if you want to come back to your work another day!

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Learning Curve accounts

The Learning Curve introduces a new way of working through our exhibitions. Now you can create your own account online, save your work and then resume working at a later stage, at home or at school.

In order to do this, you need to sign up for a Learning Curve account. You can still use the exhibition without signing up, however, your work will not be saved after you stop using your computer.

Signing In
If you have created an account you can sign in by entering your e-mail address and password on the sign-in page.

Signing Out
Once you have completed working on the exhibition, click on the Sign Out link to end your session. Note that leaving the exhibition page does not sign you out and you can resume working by opening the page again.

However, you will be signed out if you do not use the exhibition for more than 20 minutes - this is done automatically by the computer - remember to save your work by signing in if you leave the computer!

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