Cold War & the Americas 1945-81
Access to History for the IB Diploma

By Vivienne Sanders
September 2012
Hodder Education
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781444156591
252 pages, Illustrated
$39.50 Paper original

This series has taken the clarity, accessibility, reliability and in-depth analysis of our best-selling Access to History series and tailor-made it for the History IB Diploma. Each title in the series supports a specific topic in the IB History guide through thorough content coverage and examination guidance - helping students develop a good knowledge and understanding of the required content alongside the skills they need to do well.

The Cold War and the Americas 1945-81 has been written to fully support the section of the same name in HL option 3: Aspects of the History of the Americas and includes:

- authoritative, clear and engaging narrative which combines depth of content with accessibility of approach
- up-to-date historiography with clear analysis and associated TOK activities
- guidance on answering exam-style questions with model answers and practice questions.

Table of Contents: 
1 What you will study
2 How you will be assessed
3 About this book
Chapter 1 US foreign policy pre-1945
1 The USA and Latin America pre-1945
2 The USA and Canada pre-1945
3 The USA and China pre-1949
Chapter 2 President Truman and the Cold War
1 The USA and Communism pre-1945
2 The start of the Cold War
3 Key debate: Why did the Cold War begin?
4 The Truman Doctrine and containment
5 The Truman Doctrine and Latin America
6 The Cold War and American society and culture
Examination advice and practice
Chapter 3 The Korean War 1950-3
1 Causes of the outbreak of the Korean War
2 Key debate: Why did the Korean War begin?
3 The course of events in the Korean War in 1950
4 A UN war
5 Ending the Korean War, 1951-3
6 The diplomatic and political outcomes of the Korean War
Examination advice and practice
Chapter 4 President Eisenhower and the 'New Look'
1 Eisenhower and change in foreign and defence policy
2 Eisenhower and Latin America
3 Key debate: What was the significance of the US intervention in Guatamala?
Examination advice and practice
Chapter 5 US involvement in the Vietnam War
1 The US involvement in Vietnam 1950-69
2 The motives behind US involvement in Vietnam
3 Key debate: Why and how far did each president get involved in Vietnam?
4 Why the USA failed in Vietnam
5 The end of the war
6 Domestic effects of the war
7 The role of Vietnam in the development of the Cold War
Examination advice and practice
Chapter 6 The Cuban Revolution
1 Cuba before 1959
2 Castro before 1959
3 Eisenhower, Cuba and Castro
Examination advice and practice
Chapter 7 From Kennedy to Carter: US foreign policy in Latin America 1961-81
1 President Kennedy and Latin America
2 President Johnson and Latin America
3 President Nixon and control of the Western Hemisphere
4 President Carter, human rights, the Panama Canal and Nicaragua
Examination advice and practice
Chapter 8 Cuba in the Cold War
1 Castro's domestic policies
2 Cuban foreign policy
3 Castro's Cuba: conclusions
Examination advice and practice
Chapter 9 The impact of the Cold War on Latin America
1 The debate over the external connection
2 Conclusions about the impact of the Cold War on Latin America
Further Reading
Internal Assessment




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