Cold War Arms Race Flashcards | KS3 & GCSE History | History Bombs

7. Cold War

7.5 The Arms Race

Manhattan Project


Lesson description

This explosive lesson looks at another vital angle of the Cold War: the Arms Race. From the end of World War Two, the US and the USSR were wrapped in a decades-long competition to be the leaders in developing nuclear weaponry, but it all came to a head in 1962 Cuba.

This lesson contains:

  • The chronology of the Arms Race and the development of rising tensions and rivalry between the US and USSR from the end of World War Two to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • The vocabulary and terminology required to study and discuss the Arms Race – and the Cold War – with confidence.
  • Exploration of the increasingly-destructive nuclear weaponry created by the US and the USSR, laying the foundation for studying the Cuban Missile Crisis in more detail.