What you need to do

You have to look at Case Studies 1-3 and consider whether there is any evidence that suggests that there was already a Cold War going on in the period 1919-39.

First of all, let's clear up what we mean by the Cold War.

There were two main sides:

Most historians say it started soon after the end of World War 2 in 1945.

The Cold War (from the late 1940s onwards) was not a 'normal' war like World War 2. Here are four key features of the Cold War:

How to work

  1. Work through each of the case studies and analyse the documents in each one. Use the questions on each document to help you.
  2. At the end of each case study, complete the relevant section of the Case Study Worksheet.
  3. However, you won't be able to make your final conclusion until you have looked at the rest of the Galleries in this Exhibition. So keep this sheet and your other work safe!

Writing it up

When you have worked through the Case Studies and completed the Case Study Worksheets:

Choose 3 pieces of evidence from the Case Studies which could be used to argue that the Cold War did begin in the period 1919-39.

For each piece of evidence:

Extension Exercise - Reach a final conclusion

You cannot really reach a final conclusion until you have looked at the rest of the Cold War. You may then feel that the tensions 1919-39 were not very serious.

So, when you have studied all the other Galleries in the Exhibition, come back to this piece of work and add a conclusion on whether you think the tensions between 1919-39 were serious enough to say that the Cold War really began in the period 1919-39.

You can record your answers 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 answers.

Case Study  
How could an historian use this source to argue that there was a Cold War going on 1919-1939.  
Why I think this source is a strong piece of evidence.  


Working online

>Signing in

You can work online without signing in, but your work will not be saved when you leave the computer. Use the link at the bottom of the page to sign in.


To type in or change one of the three pieces of evidence you have chosen, click on the "Edit source 1, 2 or 3" link (or the "Edit your conclusion" link).

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

The single-line text boxes can take up to 200 characters each. The larger text boxes can take almost 1000 characters (about 150 words). Don't type in much more than will fit in the larger boxes without scrolling (14 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 want to come back to your work another day!


Learning Curve accounts

The Learning Curve allows 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.

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!