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Chapters 11-13 Guiding Questions

Suggested Reading Schedule:

 Session 1: pgs 112-117         Session 2: pgs 118-125          Session 3: pgs 125-132

Session 4: pgs 133-139          Session 5: pgs 140-148          Session 6: 150-156              Session 7: 157-162 

Sino-Soviet Relations, Chapter 11

Key Terms to Define:

Sino     CCP     GMD     Revisionist (NOT historiography term)     GLF     Cultural Revolution     Brezhnev Doctrine

Gang of Four

Guiding Questions:

  1. What was the main difference between Stalin and Mao?
  2. What were Mao’s primary complaints against Khrushchev?
  3. How and why did Mao sabotage Khrushchev’s visit to China?
  4. What was the dispute over Taiwan and how serious was it?
  5. What were the outcomes of the Great Leap Forward (and when did it happen)?
  6. Why did Sino-Soviet relations suffer in 1961?
  7. What was the Cultural Revolution? What were its goals? What were the outcomes?
  8. How did Mao & Khrushchev differ on the issue of nuclear weapons?
  9. Why did the Soviets invade Czechoslovakia (read the purple section)?
  10. How did the Chinese & Soviet approaches to Vietnam differ?
  11. Why did tensions relax in the 1980s and ‘90s?
  12. What issues remained in the 1980s?
  13. Why did Sino-Soviet relations improve under Deng Xiaoping and Gorbachev?
  14. What happened at Tiananmen Square (time, summary, effects)?


Sino-American Relations, Chapter 12

Key Terms to Define:

Sino      Cultural Genocide      Panmonjun Amnesty     SEATO          détente (review)       tripolar conflict (p. 146)           Cultural Revolution

Guiding Questions:

  1. What was the dispute over Taiwan and how serious was it?
  2. How did the Korean War affect China?
  3. How did the US use Mao’s failure of the Great Leap Forward to its advantage?
  4. What was the dispute over Taiwan and how serious was it?
  5. What were China’s motives in helping other nations to decolonize?
  6. Why was the US concerned about the Cultural Revolution?
  7. Why did the US want to improve relations in the 1970s?
  8. Why did China want to improve relations in the 1970s?
  9. What did each side gain from détente?
  10. What happened at Tiananmen Square (time, summary, effects)?
  11. Why didn’t the US take a stronger stand against the Tiananmen Square Massacre?
  12. Describe the tripolar conflict at the end of the Cold War.


Detente & The Second Cold War, Chapter 13

Key Terms to Define:

Rapprochement     leverage     realpolotik     ostopolitik

Guiding Questions:

  1. Who was Henry Kissinger?
  2. Why did the US & USSR each want detente?
  3. Who was Willy Brandt?
  4. Who was involved with the SALT I treaty and when was it passed?
  5. What new limits were agreed to in the SALT II agreement?
  6. What was the Basic Treaty of 1972 (Germany)?
  7. Despite better relations, the US held firm to its position on what issue?
  8. What does the graphic on pg. 155 represent?
  9. Describe the 3 baskets of the Helsinki Agreement.
  10. Name at least 2 reasons why detente came under pressure in the '70s.
  11. What event caused detente to fully collapse?
  12. What were the US responses to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan?
  13. What does historiography suggest about the success or failure of detente? 
  14. Name at least 3 of the places in Latin America where the US intervened in the 80s.
  15. What did Reagan do to enact his promise to "get tough" with the Soviets?
  16. What was new in the Reagan Doctrine?
  17. How did leadership change in the USSR?
  18. What was the lowest point of relations between the superpowers in the '8os?
  19. Why did things begin to change in 1985?