Ch 26: AP European History - After the Soviet Union: Help & Review

About This Chapter

The After the Soviet Union chapter of this AP European History Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the integration of Europe after the Soviet Union. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering European history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn European history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding European cooperation after the Cold War or European Union expansion
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about Europe after the Soviet Union
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the After the Soviet Union chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the After the Soviet Union chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any After the Soviet Union question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an After the Soviet Union unit of a standard AP European history course. Topics covered include:

  • Gorbachev's Glasnost and Perestroika policies
  • Treaties of post-Cold War European cooperation
  • A timeline of European Union expansion
  • Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's impact on Great Britain
  • History of the building and tearing down of the Berlin Wall
  • Reunification of East and West Germany in 1990
  • The Warsaw Pact and the collapse of the communist BLOC
  • Events that ended communism in Eastern Europe
  • Yeltsin and the new Russian Republic
  • A timeline of ethnic warfare in former Yugoslavia
  • Bolsheviks and their leader

11 Lessons in Chapter 26: AP European History - After the Soviet Union: Help & Review
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Post-Cold War European Cooperation: Institutions & Treaties

1. Post-Cold War European Cooperation: Institutions & Treaties

In this lesson, we explore the increasing cooperation between European states during the Cold War years and beyond, from a six-nation agreement concerning coal and steel to a far-reaching agreement binding most of Europe.

European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

2. European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

In this lesson, we briefly explore the piecemeal formation of the EU and discuss the nature of the Union today and its role as the political authority for most of Europe.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain

3. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain

In this lesson, we explore the life and political career of Great Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. A staunch conservative, her controversial policies guided Britain through one of its toughest economic times.

Building and Tearing Down the Berlin Wall: History and Timeline

4. Building and Tearing Down the Berlin Wall: History and Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the history of the Berlin Wall, from its beginnings as a makeshift barrier between East and West Berlin, to its final demise as communism fell across Eastern Europe in the late 1980s.

The Reunification of East and West Germany in 1990

5. The Reunification of East and West Germany in 1990

In this lesson we explore the unique history of East and West Germany after Germany's defeat in WWII and the conditions surrounding its eventual reunification in 1990.

The Collapse of the Communist BLOC and the Warsaw Pact

6. 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.

The End of Communism in Eastern Europe: Events and Timeline

7. The End of Communism in Eastern Europe: Events and Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the immediate aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, where both political structures and economic models were left in limbo.

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

8. 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.

Yeltsin and the New Russian Republic: History and Timeline

9. Yeltsin and the New Russian Republic: History and Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the fall of the Soviet Union and the reemergence of Russia and the subsequent presidency of Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin.

Ethnic Warfare in Former Yugoslavia: Events and Timeline

10. Ethnic Warfare in Former Yugoslavia: Events and Timeline

In this lesson we explore the breakup of the formerly communist state in the Balkans, Yugoslavia. In the 1990s, several Yugoslav states declared independence from the Serbian-dominated central government.

Bolsheviks: Definition & Leader

11. Bolsheviks: Definition & Leader

Words matter and have the power to change millions of lives and the world. The history of the word 'Bolshevik' and the man behind it proves this. Read on to find out how one word and one man influenced so much in the case of the Bolsheviks and their leader, Lenin.

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