In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. Typically, Maps101 would focus on women who have had an impact on our world, but instead, world events have caused us to put a pause on this celebration of women to bring you and your students the context for what is happening in Eastern Europe.
On February 24, 2022, Russia began invading Ukraine, Russia’s southwestern neighbor. Both countries had been part of the former Soviet Union before it broke apart in the early 1990s. While the rest of the world awaits the outcome, many are reminded of the Cold War years when the Soviet Union and the United States stockpiled weapons as a show of force. As events unfold, it is unclear what the outcome will be, but we can look to historic events to better understand today. Some wonder if current events may even lead to another cold war.
Maps101 this week is focused on providing you easy access to the maps you need to discuss this momentous current event in class. We are also featuring a biography of Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, and a GNN article on the background of the current conflict. Next, we will revisit the space race, the arms race, and the Red Scare—all aspects of the Cold War—to help students understand the history of the United States and Russia. Discuss the similarities between those times and today and ask if students think there will be another cold war. What do they think will be the outcome, or what do they think should be the outcome?