Paper 1, Topic 6: A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1943-1972


  • N. Kelly, Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) History A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1943-72 (this is the most important textbook)
  • Ben Walsh, GCSE Modern World History, sections 11, 12 and 14.1 (Walsh).



There are several key areas of knowledge and understanding that you need to master in this section of the course:

  1. Reasons for the Cold War
  2. Early Developments in the Cold War, 1945-49
  3. The Cold War in the 1950s
  4. The Arms race and the U2 Incident
  5. The Berlin Crisis, 1958-1961
  6. The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
  7. The Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia
  8. The Thaw and moves towards Détente, 1963-72

In addition to the items above, see also:

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