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- Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the Contemporary Era chapter of your textbook.
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You'll learn all of the history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:
- The Truman Doctrine
- Post-War Europe
- The Warsaw pact
- The United States in the Korean War
- Communism and the Cuban Revolution
- The Vietnam War
- China and Tiananmen Square
- The spread of AIDS
- Post-war independence movements in the world
- Popular culture
- Globalization and free trade
- Scientific advances
- Climate change
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1. The Truman Doctrine: Definition, Summary & Purpose
The Truman Doctrine called for the containment of communism worldwide. We'll look at its historical background and central ideas as well as its effect on American and world history.
2. 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.
3. The Collapse of the Communist BLOC and the Warsaw Pact
In this lesson, we explore the fall and breakup of the Warsaw Pact and Eastern Bloc of communist countries allied with, and client states of, the Soviet Union from after World War II until the late 1980s and early 1990s.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was an extension of the progress made during the 1950s. Learn about the movement's landmark achievements, its fracturing and its legacies.
9. China's Massacre in Tiananmen Square
The following lesson discusses the particularly bloody protest that occurred in China in June of 1989 as citizens attempted to protest China's communist for government reform and additional individual rights. After the lesson, take the quiz to test yourself!
10. The Spread of Popular Culture
Learn about the rise of popular culture and globalization in the late 20th century; explore the events of the turbulent 1960s that led to the baby boomer generation and the growing sense of global unity; and discover the effects of globalization, multiculturalism, consumerism, and mass communication.
11. HIV & AIDS: History, Spread & Threat
HIV/AIDS is one of the most dangerous threats in medical history. In this lesson we'll look at the origin and spread of this relatively young disease, and see what's being done to stop it.
12. Globalization, Capitalism & Free Trade since 1990
In this lesson, we explore the growth of capitalism and free trade since 1990. We'll also examine the globalization spurred by the removal of tariffs and trade barriers.
13. Terrorism Around the World
In this lesson, you'll explore the major terrorist threats of the modern world, including both al-Qaeda and ISIL. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
14. Scientific Advances in the 21st Century
Think that science hasn't changed the world in the past 20 years? Hopefully, you don't have the audacity to think that while watching this on a smart phone! This lesson details how the space race and the internet forever changed science.
15. Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies
In this video lesson, you will learn about the potential effects of global climate change. You will also learn how some are working to better understand climate change in order to slow the rate of temperature increase on Earth.
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Other chapters within the ACCESS World History: Online Textbook Help course
- ACCESS World History Unit 1: Prehistoric Times
- ACCESS World History Unit 2: Ancient & Classical Periods, 3500 BCE - CE 500
- ACCESS World History Unit 3: Post Classical Period, 500 - 1450
- ACCESS World History Unit 4: Early Modern Times, 1450 - 1789
- ACCESS World History Unit 5: Modern Period, 1789 - 1914
- ACCESS World History Unit 6: World Wars, 1914 - 1945