3. The Cold War

by: Billy Joel


Viktor was born in the spring of '44
And never saw his father anymore
A child of sacrifice, a child of war
Another son who never had a father after Leningrad

Went off to school and learned to serve the state
Followed the rules and drank his vodka straight
The only way to live was drown the hate
A Russian life was very sad and such was life in Leningrad

I was born in '49
A cold war kid in McCarthy time
Stop 'em at the 38th Parallel
Blast those yellow reds to hell

And cold war kids were hard to kill
Under their desk in an air raid drill
Haven't they heard we won the war
What do they keep on fighting for?

Viktor was sent to some Red Army town
Served out his time, became a circus clown
The greatest happiness he'd ever found
Was making Russian children glad and children lived in Leningrad

But children lived in Levittown
And hid in the shelters underground
Until the Soviets turned their ships around
Tore the Cuban missiles down

And in that bright October sun
We knew our childhood days were done
And I watched my friends go off to war
What do they keep on fighting for?

So my child and I came to this place
To meet him eye to eye and face to face
He made my daughter laugh, then we embraced
We never knew what friends we had until we came to Leningrad


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Essential Questions.
1. How did global economic and political interdependence develop and define/redefine political and economic alliances?
2. How are governments created, structured, maintained, and changed?
3. How do beliefs and values shape/alter a culture?

Learning Targets.
1. The learner will examine the causes of the Cold War.
2. The learner will analyze the impact of the Cold War on modern society.

Activity #1.
1. Students will watch a film on the Cold War.
2. As students watch the film, they will complete a viewing guide.

Activity #2.
1. Students will take notes based on a class presentation on the Origins of the Cold War.

Activity #3.
1. What is the difference between a "hot war" and a "cold war?"
2. How did World War II contribute to the start and maintenance of the Cold War?
3. What was the "Policy of Containment" and how did it contribute to the Cold War?
4. Select the one event that best exemplifies the impact of the Cold War. Describe the event and explain why you chose this event as the best representation of the impact of the Cold War.
5. How did the interdependence of political and economic systems contribute to the Cold War?
6. How did the events of the Cold War represent the beliefs and culture of the time?
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