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Asian History - Chapter Summary
The videos in this chapter present an in-depth look at Asia's geography, history and contemporary issues. Professional instructors lead lessons on changes in the Ottoman Empire, Israel's creation, nationalism efforts in Vietnam and Muslim conflicts in India. You'll learn about European imperialism in India and assess the causes and effects of the Vietnam and Korean Wars. This chapter will introduce you to various activities and movements that took place in Asia after World War II through present day. Once you've finished all the lessons in this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Describe the physical and human geography of Southwest, Southern and Eastern Asia
- Detail the conflicts surrounding Israel's creation and statehood
- Discuss contemporary issues such as Arab-Israeli conflicts and U.S. involvement in the Middle East
- Explain decolonization efforts in Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam and India
- Understand how communism spread through Cambodia and Laos
- Describe the partitioning of Korea and Japan's government reconstruction
Learning Asian history is fun and easy when you watch the short and entertaining video lessons in this chapter. Our instructors are subject experts who use engaging graphics and narration to bring Asian history to life. You'll find a variety of tools to help you retain info about this region, including video tags for re-watching main points of videos and transcripts to review key vocabulary. Each lesson also comes with a self-assessment quiz you can use to reinforce your comprehension of the lesson topics.
1. Geography of Southwest Asia
Southwest Asia is a major region in the world. In this lesson, we are going to talk about the physical and human geography of the region and see what defines Southwest Asia.
2. The Ottoman Empire: Changes, Politics & Developments
In this lesson, we explore the problems the Ottoman Empire faced in the 19th century, and the many territorial losses it endured at the hands of Russia, Austria, and others.
3. The Creation of Israel in 1948: Timeline & Resulting Conflicts
In this lesson, we explore the movements and political developments that led to the creation of the state of Israel and the subsequent backlash from the Arab world.
4. Israeli Statehood and the Arab-Israeli War of 1948
For centuries, the population of the land known today as Israel barely changed. But in the late 1800s, waves of immigrants poured in, fighting for the right to control the territory. The modern state of Israel was created in 1948.
5. Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
In this lesson, examine the religious, social, economic, and environmental factors over the last 30 years that makes the Middle East a complex yet interesting study.
6. Decolonization and Nationalism in Indonesia, Vietnam, India & Pakistan
In this lesson, we explore the nature of nationalism in the colonial world and its various manifestations in South and Southeast Asia during the second half of the 20th century.
7. European Imperialism in India & the British East India Company
In this lesson, we will learn about European imperialism in India. We will explore the relationship between European powers and India and examine the role of the British East India Company.
8. Muslim and Hindu Conflict in India and the Partition of India and Pakistan
In this lesson, we will learn about religious tensions in India and the partition of India and Pakistan following British rule. We will see what led to these developments, and we will explore their context.
9. Communism Spreads During the Vietnam War: Cambodia and Laos
The fall of Cambodia and Laos in 1975 marked the end of the struggle to contain communism in Southeast Asia. Learn about the two nations, including their leaders, struggles and postwar actions, in this lesson.
10. The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations
In this lesson, we will examine the Korean War. We will explore the events leading up to the war, some of its most important battles, and also highlight the key themes associated with it.
11. The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects
The Vietnam War was the longest and most polarizing conflict in the history of the United States. Learn about the causes of the war as well as its effects on the United States.
12. Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition & Reconstruction of Japan's Government
In this lesson, we will examine post-war Asia. We will specifically focus on the partition of Korea, and the occupation and reconstruction of Japan. We will understand why these events took place, and how their impact is felt to this day.
13. Post-WWII Independence Movements Around the World: History & Examples
In this lesson, we explore the diverse and varied experience of decolonization in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa after World War II when Western Europe began to withdraw its claims to far away territory and colonies.
14. Overview of Asia from 1945 to the Present
In this lesson, you will explore the general experiences of nations in Asia since the end of World War II in 1945. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
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