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Course SummaryLearn more about the major world conflicts since 1900 and their economic, political and cultural causes with this intriguing study course. Use these short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to supplement the material you're learning in class or to work through a challenging project or homework assignment.
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Use this course on modern world conflicts to examine different types of war and the forms of intervention used when religious and cultural differences or competing economic and political interests result in the outbreak of fighting. You can also take a closer look at conflicts occurring in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. Delve into their causes and assess their outcomes with lessons on the following:
- Political movements and militarism leading to World War I and II
- The rise of the Soviet Union and the Cold War nuclear arms race
- Cold War conflicts occurring in Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan
- Religious and ideological sources of conflict in the Middle East
- Wars resulting from the partition of India and Pakistan
- Ethnic tensions in the Balkans and the breakup of Yugoslavia
|Understanding World Conflicts||Survey the various causes of modern conflict alongside forms of military intervention. Get an overview of theories associated with international relations, and consider the role of non-state organizations in world conflicts. Take a closer look at the United Nations' peace-keeping duties.|
|The First World War (1914-1918)||Chart Germany's rise as a European power, and explore the tensions leading up to World War I. Study famous battles and covert diplomatic maneuvers occurring over the course of this conflict. Learn how it coincided with the Russian Revolution.|
|The Second World War (1939-1945)||Examine Hitler's rise to prominence and the military invasions spurring the outbreak of war. Describe how the spread of anti-Semitism resulted in the Holocaust. Explain events provoking America's entry into the war, and identify key battles occurring on European and Pacific fronts. Survey the war's aftermath as well as conditions outlined in the Yalta and Potsdam conferences.|
|The Cold War (1945-1991)||Peruse various historical interpretations of the Cold War. Study the Soviet Union's emergence as a world superpower, and identify its impact on postwar reconstruction. Follow key conflicts resulting from American and Soviet foreign policies, such as the Vietnam War and the Korean War. Examine causes of the Soviet Union's dissolution.|
|The Arab-Israeli Wars (1948-present)||Pinpoint movements and ideologies creating opposition between Arab and Jewish groups. Identify causes of the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 and the Suez Crisis that followed shortly after. Trace events leading up to the Six Days War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Describe outcomes of the First and Second Intifadas.|
|The Indo-Pakistani Conflict (1947-present)||Study sources of religious conflict leading to the partition of Pakistan and India. Recognize key events in the Indo-Pakistani Wars occurring throughout the 20th century. Follow the nuclear arms race between these two countries.|
|The Yugoslav (Balkan) Wars (1991-1999)||Investigate the ethnic tensions in Yugoslavia following World War II. Study Slovenia's war for independence and the outcomes of conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. Examine the genocide committed under the leadership of Slobodan Milosevic.|
|Conflict in the Middle East and the War on Terror (1980-present)||Ascertain causes of the Iran-Iraq War as well as the Gulf War. Get an overview of modern Islamic extremism and the role religion plays in Middle East conflicts. Pinpoint key events following the 9/11 terrorist attack and the controversy surrounding the war in Afghanistan. Trace the timeline of the Iraq War.|
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