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Ch 37: World Changes After World War II

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This self-paced history chapter explores the world changes that occurred following World War II. You can use these informative video lessons and self-assessments to prepare for an exam or simply improve your modern history knowledge.

World Changes After World War II - Chapter Summary

Check out this series of engaging history lessons to review the changes that occurred throughout the world after World War II. As you follow along with our expert instructors, you'll become more familiar with significant post-WWII topics, including the birth of NATO, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Marshall Plan, the fall of the Iron Curtain and much more. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand how science and technology have impacted society since WWII
  • Explain the creation of NATO and the theory of containment
  • Summarize the Cuban Revolution, the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Break down the Marshall Plan and what happened during the Berlin Airlift
  • Assess the partition of Korea and the reconstruction of the Japanese government after WWII
  • Trace the descent of the Iron Curtain
  • Evaluate the significance of Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika policies
  • Describe that changes that occurred in Africa following WWII

To make your studying experience flexible and convenient, we've made the chapter accessible on any device that has an Internet connection. You'll be able to strengthen your understanding of the material by submitting questions to our instructors and taking the included self-assessment quizzes. Print lesson transcripts to study offline and revisit lessons as many times as you need.

8 Lessons in Chapter 37: World Changes After World War II
Sputnik to the Internet: How Technology and Science Have Changed Society since WWII

1. Sputnik to the Internet: How Technology and Science Have Changed Society since WWII

In this lesson, we will highlight critical scientific and technological advances since the end of World War II. We will explore the profound effects these advances had upon society.

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.

Communism and the Cuban Revolution: Castro, the Bay of Pigs & the Cuban Missile Crisis

3. Communism and the Cuban Revolution: Castro, the Bay of Pigs & the Cuban Missile Crisis

In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between communism and the country of Cuba. We will focus specifically on the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro's rise to power, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan

4. Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan

In this lesson, we will learn about the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Airlift. We will examine the conditions in postwar Europe that resulted in these events, and we will understand why they are important.

Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition & Reconstruction of Japan's Government

5. 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.

Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

6. Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

In this lesson, we will learn about some of the dynamic events that followed World War II in Eastern Europe. We will explore the descent of the Iron Curtain, and learn about the formation of the Eastern Bloc states.

Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika: Explanation and Significance

7. Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika: Explanation and Significance

In this lesson, we will examine Mikhail Gorbachev's reform policies of glasnost and perestroika. We will learn what led to these developments and see how they impacted the Soviet Union.

Changes in Africa After World War II

8. Changes in Africa After World War II

In this lesson, we will examine changes in Africa following World War II. We will discover what factors led to decolonization in the wake of World War II, and we will highlight the central themes surrounding African independence movements.

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