Part IV: International Studies in Peace and Conflict

Option F: The Cold War 1945–1991


Past HSC Questions


Principal focus: Students investigate key features and issues in the history of the Cold War 1945–1991.

Key features and issues:

  • origins and development of the Cold War
  • influence of the ideologies of communism and capitalism on the Cold War
  • origins, nature and impact of détente on the Cold War
  • changing policies, strategies and responses to the Cold War
  • impact of crises on changing superpower relations
  • the arms race and disarmament
  • reasons for the end of the Cold War

Students learn about:

1 Origins of the Cold War 1945–1953


2 Development of the Cold War to 1968


3 Détente


4 Renewal and end of the Cold War