Students are members of the Yalta Conference negotiation teams representing leaders from Britain, the Soviet Union, and the United States. Students know the decisions made will be important to end World War Two and to shape the post-WWII world. Students are to focus on the needs of their country. Obviously, the decisions agreed by all three countries impacted many other countries not be represented in these negotiations. Simulation Learning Objectives: 1. Connect the historical context for the relationships and previous disputes among the three countries during negotiations at the Yalta conference during World War Two. 2. Recognize how historical context shaped the national goals of each country and their negotiation strategies. How could have events turned out different? What are the forces of history at work that make this process for change so difficult? 3. Assess each nation's success in achieving its goals in the short term and long term. 4. Consider the merits of those goals considering the ensuing historical events. 5. Speculate about new dynamics and possible changed outcomes if the smaller European countries whose fates were heavily influenced by the decisions by the three leaders at Yalta were involved in the negotiations as well. 6. Experience the challenges and skills needed for effective negotiations. Method of Play: Read the separate document on student instructions for more detail. Materials Included in Simulation Packet: 1. Instructor history simulation procedures and PP presentation used to guide students in preparation for and during the simulation. 2. Yalta Conference historical background to be read by students before the simulation and referenced during the simulation. Justification for bargaining positions for each country is embedded within the document. The simulation receives high approval by the students, often listed as their top learning experience. As noted above, an evaluation form is completed by the students. It is partially a reflection on what they learned and partially an evaluation with suggestions to change. Often, those changes are reflected in the curriculum which is updated annually. This simulation has been used each semester for over seven years. It has been effectively used in classes of 95 to 25.
Ghere, D., & Arendale, D. R. (2018). WWII Yalta Conference in-class history simulation among Great Britain, Soviet Union, and the United States. Unpublished manuscript. Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.18105.52329 Available online: http://historysimulations.org
Arendale, David; Ghere, David.
In-Class History Simulation: WWII Yalta Conference Involving Great Britain, Soviet Union, and the United States.
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