The Third World Perspective on the Cold War: Making Curriculum and Pedagogy Relevant in History Classrooms


  • Iftikhar Ahmad Long Island University


Third world, Cold War, Social History, Pedagogy, Curriculum


American and global history curriculum frameworks for high schools across the fifty states generally present the topic of the Cold War from the Western political perspective and contain material about the impact of the US-Soviet ideological rivalry on American society. This article argues that since the Cold War impacted the lives of the people in the Third World as well, their stories deserve a place in the history curriculum. Also, the article suggests that since the American society is now culturally diverse, it is imperative for history educators to teach history in the learners' social and cultural contexts. Therefore, both the Cold War history content and pedagogy should include perspective from the Third World so that the past is relevant and meaningful for the students learning about the global Cold War.  

Author Biography

Iftikhar Ahmad, Long Island University

Associate Professor

Curriculum and Instruction

Author's Bio


Iftikhar Ahmad is an associate professor at The College of Education and Information Technology, Long Island University, Post Campus, Brookville, New York. Iftikhar completed his doctoral studies in social studies education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. He was the director of the Teaching American History (TAH) grant project in Nassau County, New York. Iftikhar's book Citizenship Education in the United States: A Historical Perspective was published by Routledge Press in 2017. He has also contributed to The Social Studies, Teachers College Record, Social Education, Religion and Education, and Educational Studies