Last updated: July 12, 2016
Cold War In Alaska: A Resource Guide for Teachers and Students
- Grade Level:
- High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
- Social Studies
Alaska's frontline role during the Cold War ushered in unprecedented economic, technological, political, and social changes. The state's strategic value in defending our nation also played a key role in its bid for statehood. The Cold War spanned nearly 50 years and was not a typical war. The name "Cold" characterizes the nature of the war, which was largely one of diplomatic posturing, embargos, boycotts, economic sanctions, and military build-up. At the same time, the threat of nuclear attack was very real.
This resource guide is designed to help students and teachers in researching the Cold War in Alaska, and to provide basic information for anyone who is interested in learning more about this unique history. The guide begins with a map of Cold War military sites in Alaska and a brief summary to help orient the reader. A gateway for further research is provided with the selected bibliography and a list of relevant websites and repositories. The guide closes with research suggestions for Alaska Cold War topics as well as with information about some Cold War related places to visit in the United States.