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Ch 41: MTLE Social Studies: Foreign Policy Post-WWII to Today

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From the aftermath of World War II through present day, the United States has witnessed amazing shifts in foreign policy. This chapter in the MTLE Social Studies course looks at the evolution of policies up through today and helps to get you ready for the exam.

MTLE Social Studies: Foreign Policy Post-WWII to Today - Chapter Summary

Many U.S. administrations have come and gone as the country has written history through foreign policy. This selection of video lessons in the MTLE Social Studies review course will give you a thorough examination of different eras of policy ahead of the MTLE exam. As you begin the chapter with the immediate results of World War II, you will be studying the following:

  • Foreign and domestic policy after war
  • The theory of containment
  • NATO's birth
  • Recovering in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
  • Cold War conflicts
  • The United States in the Korean War
  • JFK and the Cold War
  • LBJ and Vietnam
  • Camp David Accords
  • The Iranian Hostage Crisis
  • The Gulf War
  • The post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

These lessons have all been optimized for viewing on your mobile devices, making it easy for you to begin the chapter at home and finishing them while you are on the road. Once you have completed them, you can take the self-assessment quizzes to see how prepared you are for the exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 41: MTLE Social Studies: Foreign Policy Post-WWII to Today
Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

1. Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

In this lesson, we will learn about American politics in the post-war era. We will highlight the broad contours of foreign and domestic policies, and learn how Americans planned to deal with the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

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.

Recovery Strategies in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

3. Recovery Strategies in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

In this lesson, we will learn about the Soviet Union's strategy for recovery following World War II. We will learn what efforts the Soviet Union took to restore its economic footing, and we will see how the Soviet strategy differed from that of the Western democracies.

Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

4. Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

In this lesson, we explore several of the world's conflicts in the second half of the 20th century that ended up becoming proxy wars between the United States and the Soviet Union in their Cold War standoff.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

5. United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

The Korean War was a short but bloody war with more than five million casualties. Find out what caused this deadly and destructive war, how the United States came to be involved and how the war affected Korea and its allies.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

6. John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

Upon entering office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy was tasked with the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in the United States' battle against communism. Learn about Kennedy's successes and failures in handling the Cold War.

Johnson Americanizes the War in Vietnam

7. Johnson Americanizes the War in Vietnam

The path toward the full Americanization of the Vietnam War was a gradual process. Learn about President Lyndon B. Johnson's initial strategy, his response to North Vietnam and his decision for escalation in this video lesson.

Camp David Accords Summary

8. Camp David Accords Summary

The Camp David Accords were a series of negotiations that lasted for twelve days between US President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The result was two-part agreement in September 1978.

Iran Hostage Crisis: Summary, Timeline & Facts

9. Iran Hostage Crisis: Summary, Timeline & Facts

The Iran Hostage Crisis lasted more than a year and greatly affected U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Learn more about how this important historical event unfolded and how it defined one president's legacy.

Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War

10. Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War

The Gulf War occurred in 1990 and 1991 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. UN, NATO, and United States forces responded by attacking and pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. The war was a decisive victory for American and coalition forces.

The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

11. The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

The War in Afghanistan began in 2001 after the September 11 attacks. United States and NATO coalition forces attacked Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. As of 2014, United States personnel are withdrawing from the country, ending over a decade of fighting.

Understanding the Iraq War

12. Understanding the Iraq War

The Iraq War lasted from 2003-2011. Thousands of American and Coalition forces died during the conflict, as well as many thousands of Iraqis. The American decision to go to war in Iraq remains controversial today.

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