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Ch 38: European History: Cold War Europe

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Watch videos to learn about events and changes in different European countries during the Cold War. Study life in post-war Great Britain, Poland, Yugoslavia, Germany, Italy and more.

European History: Cold War Europe - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll learn about the tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union that led to the Cold War. This chapter describes NATO's origins and details the ways that Eastern Europe was dominated by the Soviets. Our experienced and professional instructors will teach you about rebuilding efforts in Germany, unrest in Czechoslovakia, Bloody Sunday and the partitioning of Germany. You'll also study Nikita Khrushchev's achievements and policies. Once you've watched the videos in this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the confrontations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union
  • Describe the theory of containment
  • Understand the economy and industries of Great Britain
  • Detail the economic depression of Poland after World War II
  • Examine Italy's new republic
  • Assess Ireland's troubles

The short and concise videos that make up this chapter help you quickly learn all the critical concepts associated with the Cold War in Europe. Each video brings Cold War history to life in a way that makes learning fun and easy. You'll also find self-assessment quizzes after each lesson so you can check your knowledge of important figures and events of the period. A lesson transcript is useful for reference or as a link to related info about the Cold War. Close out your study of this period in history with the chapter exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 38: European History: Cold War Europe
Tension Between the US and the Soviets: Wars, Confrontations & the Cold War

1. Tension Between the US and the Soviets: Wars, Confrontations & the Cold War

In this lesson, we explore the causes and factors that led to increased tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union after WWII, and to the incidents that almost led to all out war.

The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

2. The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

In this lesson, we explore the foreign policy of the U.S. and Western Europe directly after WWII. We will look at its theory of containment regarding communism, and the birth of NATO.

Soviet Domination of Eastern Europe

3. Soviet Domination of Eastern Europe

In this lesson, we explore the post-World War II settlement of Eastern Europe, and the subsequent Soviet domination of governments in Eastern Europe, as well as the creation of the Warsaw Pact.

Post-war Great Britain: Reforms, Industry & Economy

4. Post-war Great Britain: Reforms, Industry & Economy

In this lesson, we explore the political developments in Great Britain after World War II and the development of the British welfare state under the direction of the Labour Party and Clement Attlee.

Post-war Poland: Soviet Occupation, Social Unrest & Economic Depression

5. Post-war Poland: Soviet Occupation, Social Unrest & Economic Depression

In this lesson, we explore the history of Poland after WWII, from its occupation by the Soviet Union and subsequent Soviet influence upon Polish government to the Solidarity movement and Lech Walesa.

Post-war Czechoslovakia: Politics, Economy & Soviet Influence

6. Post-war Czechoslovakia: Politics, Economy & Soviet Influence

In this lesson, we explore the history and politics of Czechoslovakia from World War II until the country's eventual dissolution only a few short years after the fall of communism and the removal of Soviet influence.

Post-war Yugoslavia: New Name, Government & Republics

7. Post-war Yugoslavia: New Name, Government & Republics

In this lesson, we explore the rise of communism in Yugoslavia after the expulsion of the German invaders after WWII. We'll then look at its subsequent problems with ethnic violence and its eventual dissolution in the 1990s.

Post-war France: Politics, Economy & Rebuilding

8. Post-war France: Politics, Economy & Rebuilding

In this lesson, we explore the rebuilding of the entirety of French society in the decades after World War II, from the economic recovery aided greatly by the United States to the changes in the structure of French government.

Post-war Italy: New Republic and Social & Economic Rebuilding

9. Post-war Italy: New Republic and Social & Economic Rebuilding

In this lesson we explore the post-WWII rebuilding of the Italian economy, the restructuring of its fundamental political structures, and its close partnership with the U.S. in the Cold War world.

Post-war Germany: Politics, Developments & Partitioning

10. Post-war Germany: Politics, Developments & Partitioning

In this lesson, we explore Germany after the end of World War II, from its partitioning due to its part on the front line of the Cold War to its eventual reunification in 1990.

The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday

11. The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday

In this lesson, we explore the centuries-old rivalry between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, and the political and military struggle for the six northernmost counties in Ireland during the thirty-year period known as 'The Troubles.'

Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies

12. Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies

In this lesson, we explore the life and career of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. The country's leader after the death of Joseph Stalin, Khrushchev implemented several domestic reforms while also standing toe-to-toe with the West.

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