Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Week 21


Reagans and ThatcherWho was Margaret Thatcher?

Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first woman Prime Minister and served from 1979 – 1990. She is known as the Iron Lady because of her tough stance on the cold war. She believed that Britain’s economic troubles were due to the failure of democratic socialism and big government. Politically she supported lower taxes and less government involvement.

ReaganWho was Ronald Reagan?

Ronald Regan was the US president from 1980 – 1989 (2 terms). He was the oldest president to be elected at the prime age of 69. Regan began his career as an actor and then turned political. He was known as a conservative leader and campaigned on a platform of lower taxes, return to American values, and ending the Cold War. He was very well liked and considered to be a powerful speaker.

berlin wallHow did the Cold War start? (Image source)

The Cold War was about Russia’s insecurity and fear of the US and Britain. This was due to the distrust that had built when the US and Britain were slow to defend Russia when Germany attacked during WWII. The countries were afraid that after the war, Stalin would sign a treaty with Germany as he had done in 1939. When the war was finally over, Stalin had wanted to divide Europe into “spheres of influence” which was against the principles of self-determination that guided US action. Another reason that Russia was afraid of the US and was distrustful was due to the US using the atomic bomb successfully in Japan to end World War II.

events during cold warWhat were some of the major events of the Cold War?

In response to the US atomic bomb, USSR developed their own atomic bomb in 1949. The US responded by building more powerful weapons they starting the “arms race”. The USSR and US supported opposite sides in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. President Kennedy tried to invade Cuba in April 1961 to oust dictator Fidel Castro and was embarrassingly a failure. Stalin’s successor, Nikita Khrushchev, sent missiles to Cuba in 1962 in response to Kennedy’s invasion. The US interpreted this as a threat and the thirteen-day Cuban Missile Crisis almost became a nuclear war until Kennedy and Khrushchev came to an agreement. USSR and the US were on opposing sides again during the Vietnam War from 1964 and 1973. The USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979.

ending cold warHow did the Cold War end?

The Cold War had reached a stalemate in the 1980’s. The change in leadership in the US and USSR opened the door for an end to the Cold War. US’s Ronald Regan and USSR’s Mikhail Gorbachev conducted many talks designed to limit nuclear proliferation and by December 25, 1991 due to the USSR’s floundering economy and its member nations still seeking independence, it was dissolved and the Cold War was over.


Other Resources: World History Homework p.104, 108-109; Story of the World Vol. 4 Ch. 35 pp.384-395, Mystery of History V.4 L. 77


3rd Law of Thermodynamics

It is impossible to reach the state of absolute zero temperature.

On the Kelvin scale of temperature, absolute zero is approximately -273.15 degrees Celsius. At this temperature no heat energy can be removed from an object because even the molecules have ceased to move.

In theory, because gas shrinks as it gets colder, at zero temperature it would shrink until it no longer exists. However, in practice, gas turns to a liquid or solid state before it reaches absolute zero.

(week 21 starts at 7 minutes)



Other Resources: Everything You Need to Know About Science Homework p.112-113, Apologia Chemistry and Physics; Classical Science Elementary Physical Science Unit 9


Associative Law

(week 21 starts at 2 minutes and 52 seconds)




Conjunction – is a word used to connect words, phrases, or clauses together.

(week 21 starts at 9 minutes and 57 second)




1st Conjugation Endings Pluperfect Tense (same as week 9, 10, 21, & 22)

(week 21 starts at 1 minute 32 seconds)




Central America

central america




(week 21 starts at 4 minutes and 33 seconds)


Fine Arts

Orchestra & Composers

When it comes to Fine Arts the best resource out there is Half a Hundred Acre Wood! She has an entire post dedicated to Orchestra and Composers for weeks 19-24 and with tons of great resources. These resources include free lap book pages, free printable, music, links for additional resources, and much, much more! Be sure to scroll down the page for the resource you want. Click here to be taken there! 🙂


Click here for a great correlating booklist  created by The list is broken down for each CC subject.

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