Ch 22: AP European History: Post-War Europe

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Watch history lessons online and learn about economic, social and political conditions in post-war Europe. These lessons are just a portion of our AP European History course.

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 in a post-war climate. This chapter elaborates on political developments in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, including the advent of the Cold War. The professional instructors who teach these lessons will cover events like the Marshall Plan and the descent of the Iron Curtain along with providing information on meta-disciplines that became popular in this post-war period. This chapter is designed to teach you about:

  • Economic stability after World War II
  • Berlin Airlift
  • Cold War events
  • Traditionalists and Revisionism

Video Objectives
Emergence of Political, Social, and Economic Stability Offers a summary of the political situation and economic and social conditions prevalent in Europe directly following the war.
Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan Details efforts to help Europe recover from World War II. Highlights economic aid given to European countries and efforts by Allies to help the citizens of Berlin receive aid in spite of a Soviet blockade.
Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain Summarizes major developments that took place immediately after the war. Defines the Iron Curtain and the countries involved and examines events leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events Details the origin of this era of tension between the Soviet Union and the U.S. Discusses the leaders of each country and major events that took place during this period.
Meta-Disciplines: Traditionalists, Revisionism, and Post-Revisionists Examines these concepts and viewpoints that emerged in post-war Europe. Discusses how these terms are used in relation to how we think.

6 Lessons in Chapter 22: AP European History: Post-War Europe
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Emergence of Political, Social, and Economic Stability

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.

Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan

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.

Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

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.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

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.

Meta-Disciplines: Traditionalists, Revisionism, and Post-Revisionists

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.

Societal & Demographic Changes in Europe after World War II

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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