Economic, cultural, and military influence are all critical in developing spheres of influence. Students explore international authority by following a Cold War case study, which will encourage better understanding of international persuasion.


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Students will be able to...

  • Identify the following key terms:  sphere of influence, containment, capitalism, communism, propaganda, Truman Doctrine, Cold War, NATO, Warsaw Pact, and Marshall Plan.
  • Describe times that the U.S. has been influenced or has influenced other sovereign nations.
  • Explain the tension between western and eastern allies during the Cold War.
  • Evaluate the effect of economic, military, and cultural influence on other nations.


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