Behind the Iron Curtain: A Teacher's Guide to East Germany and Cold War Activities discusses teaching Cold War activities through an East German perspective. The book is comprised of eight chapters that examine various pedagogical approaches and historical background associated with East Germany's role throughout the Cold War. Topics in this book include multiple methods of differentiated instruction, the beginnings of East Germany, the creation of the Ministry for State Security, the Berlin Wall, youth and education, a planned economy, life and society of East Germans, and the events that led to the fall of communism. The heart of this book includes eighteen lessons associated with life behind the Iron Curtain.
Jeffrey M. Byford is associate professor of social studies education at the University of Memphis. He earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Byford's research interest includes Cold War education and curriculum design.
List of Tables List of Figures Preface and Introduction Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Instruction and Planning Chapter 2: The Making of the East German State Chapter 3: The Enemy from Within: The Formation of the STASI Chapter 4: The Berlin Wall: Divide and Rule Chapter 5: Becoming a Good Socialist: Youth and Education Chapter 6: The Planned Economy that Didn't have a Plan Chapter 7: Life and Society in East Germany Chapter 8: The Fall of East Germany References Index