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AP European History: Post-War Europe - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
World War II is over and Europe is adjusting to new political, economic and social conditions. This chapter elaborates on this post-war climate, including political developments in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, as well as the advent of the Cold War. Our expert instructors have created short video lessons to effectively prepare you for the exam. Each lesson allows you to focus on one topic of Post-War Europe at a time, to make sure you have a complete understanding. This chapter is designed to prepare you for the following topics on the AP European History Exam:
- Understanding the Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan
- Examining Post-War Soviet Union and the decent of the Iron Curtain
- Defining the causes and early events of the Cold War
- Explaining the emergence of political, social and economic stability
- Summarizing the meta-disciplines of the Traditionalists, Revisionism and Post-Revisionists
- Investigating the societal and demographic changes in Europe after World War II
1. Emergence of Political, Social, and Economic Stability
In this lesson, we explore the factors that led to the emergence of peace in Europe and the nature of the tenuous political, economic and social stability that developed after WWII.
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. 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.
4. The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events
The period of distrust between the Soviet Union and United States was known as the Cold War. Learn about the origins of the era, essential events and the shaping of the national security state.
5. Meta-Disciplines: Traditionalists, Revisionism, and Post-Revisionists
In this lesson, we explore the concepts of meta-disciplines and historiography, discovering the three main schools of thought often identified in the study of history itself.
6. Societal & Demographic Changes in Europe after World War II
World War II changed a lot about Europe. This lesson highlights notable social trends like feminism, youth culture, immigration, class and more. We'll also explore the causes and effects surrounding them.
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