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Ch 23: Africa & the Middle East After 1945

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Watch video lessons to explore the events that have affected the continent of Africa and the region of the Middle East since 1945. Verify your comprehension of the chapter material by taking a short quiz after each lesson.

Africa & the Middle East After 1945 - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The peoples of Africa and the Middle East have rich, complex cultures and histories. They've also faced a number of political, economic and social challenges that have had lasting effects; one only needs to watch the news for a day to pick up on that fact. In this chapter, you'll examine the post-World War II events that have shaped countries in Africa as well as in the Middle East. You will learn about the impact of colonization on Africa, the effect of Israel's creation and the causes of Middle East conflict. By the time you finish the video lessons, you'll have knowledge on topics such as:

  • How African colonies were able to gain independence
  • How South Africa was affected by apartheid
  • Why Israel was established after World War II
  • What economic and political factors have influenced the modern Middle East
  • What have been sources of post-WWII conflict in the Middle East

VideoObjective
Important Events in Africa: 1945-PresentExplore post-WWII events in Africa, including fights for independence, and how they've affected the continent in modern times.
Nigeria: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)Learn about the Nigerian culture and the political and economic issues impacting the country since 1945.
The Congo: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)Get details on the post-WWII economic and political challenges faced by the Congo in Africa.
Tanzania: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)Examine Tanzania's culture and the political and economic issues that have affected Tanzanians since 1945.
South Africa in the Apartheid EraExplore the roots of apartheid in South Africa and its repercussions in the country.
Life in Africa after IndependenceDiscover the social and political changes African nations have experienced since gaining independence.
The Creation of Israel in 1948: Timeline & Resulting ConflictsSee what events led to Israel's establishment and how its existence has led to conflict.
Overview of the Middle East: 1945-PresentTake a look at the political and economic influences that have shaped the Middle East region since 1945.
Life in the Modern Middle EastExamine the rich diversity in the Middle East and learn about key leaders that have impacted the region during modern times.
Conflicts in the Middle East Since World War IILearn about the causes and effects of post-WWII conflicts among Middle East countries.

10 Lessons in Chapter 23: Africa & the Middle East After 1945
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Important Events in Africa: 1945-Present

1. Important Events in Africa: 1945-Present

Since 1945, African countries have transitioned from colonialism to independence. Explore the end of the colonial period in Africa, the important events including military coups, and the challenges and opportunities of African countries in the present.

Nigeria: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)

2. Nigeria: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)

Nigeria is home to the largest population by far in Africa and it is also one of the fastest-growing economies on the continent. Learn about the long history of ethnic strife between the people, its unique Federal Parliamentary Republic style of government, and how Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1960.

The Congo: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)

3. The Congo: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)

Many are unaware that the Democratic People's Republic of the Congo could have been an economically flourishing country. Learn more about the Congo's economy, politics, and culture from the end of World War II onward, discover how it gained independence, and explore the Mobutu era and its impact on the country.

Tanzania: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)

4. Tanzania: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)

Tanzania is unique in the distinction between the mainland and coastal islands that make up this African nation. Learn their political system, features of their economic stability, and the characteristics in Tanzanian culture from 1945 to present-day.

South Africa in the Apartheid Era

5. South Africa in the Apartheid Era

Apartheid in South Africa was a system of segregation that upheld the minority rule of the Boer and British populations, despite the majority of the country's population being non-white. Discover the history of apartheid's formation in South Africa, and learn how it came to a conclusion.

Life in Africa after Independence

6. Life in Africa after Independence

After World War II, the countries in Africa were decolonized. Learn about life in Africa after the countries received independence. Explore the impact of WWII on Africa, African decolonization, and the impact of African decolonization to understand how Africa changed following WWII.

The Creation of Israel in 1948: Timeline & Resulting Conflicts

7. The Creation of Israel in 1948: Timeline & Resulting Conflicts

The creation of Israel by the United Nations in 1948 resulted in the establishment of a homeland for Jewish people spread around the world, and also decades of continuous conflict with their Muslim neighbors in the Middle East. Learn the timeline of Israeli history, explore Zionism before WWII, the Holocaust, post-war settlements, and the conflicts that have arisen between nations.

Overview of the Middle East: 1945-Present

8. Overview of the Middle East: 1945-Present

Since 1945, the Middle East has undergone not only conflict but also prosperity, especially in the oil industry. Learn about the Arab-Israeli conflict, the rise of petroleum, and issues surrounding inequality and terrorism in the Middle East.

Life in the Modern Middle East

9. Life in the Modern Middle East

Turkey, Israel, and Lebanon have developed societies that have uniquely impacted the modern state of the Middle East. Learn about the political, religious, and economic history of these three countries to better understand life in the modern Middle East.

Conflicts in the Middle East Since World War II

10. Conflicts in the Middle East Since World War II

In recent decades, the Middle East has experienced a great deal of turmoil. Learn about conflicts in the Middle East since World War II. Review the region's conflicts with the West, USSR, and Israel, as well as conflicts among the Muslim states to understand the challenges and struggles that have confronted the Middle East since 1945.

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