In this lesson, students will be able to understand the origins of the Cold War by analyzing the post-war aims of the Soviet Union, the United States, and Great Britain that were developed between 1944 and 1945. Students will be able to determine how the aims were in conflict with one another and be able to explain the significance of these aims as a cause of the Cold War.
Lesson Overview: Students will first be given notes on the post-war aims of the Big Three. Then students will be broken up into groups of three. In each group, one student will represent the US, one will represent Great Britain, and one will represent the USSR. The goal is for students to discuss their aims and to determine how the aims of each respective country conflict with each other. Finally, students will analyze the potential these conflicting aims could have in creating disagreements between the Allied powers in future negotiations.