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Who's it for?
This unit of our AP World History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the effects of globalization. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the history of the world since 1980. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about 1980s economics, the end of the Cold War and apartheid, conflicts in the Middle East and the Balkans, the growth of international organizations, 1990s technology, globalization, the rise of terrorism and current events.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a globalized world - 1980 & beyond unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
AP World History - A Globalized World - 1980 & Beyond Unit Objectives
- Examine 1980s economic trends in Britain and the United States.
- Trace events leading to the fall of the Soviet Union.
- Identify causes and outcomes of the Gulf War.
- Study the end of apartheid in South Africa.
- Recognize key events in the Balkan conflicts.
- Follow the development of international organizations.
- Survey popular culture and technology in the 90s.
- Chart the rise of China's and India's economies.
- Examine the effects of globalization.
- Identify impacts of the rise in terrorism.
- Revisit current issues and events.
1. Reaganomics, Thatcherism & 1980s Economics
In 1979, Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher came to power in the U.K., introducing economic 'Thatcherism' to solve her nation's financial problems. Then, in 1981, Republican President Ronald Reagan and his 'Reaganomics' took power in the U.S.
2. 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.
3. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline
In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.
4. Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War
The Gulf War occurred in 1990 and 1991 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. UN, NATO, and United States forces responded by attacking and pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. The war was a decisive victory for American and coalition forces.
5. The End of Apartheid - South Africa in the 1990s
In 1948, South Africa began a system of legal segregation known as apartheid. It took 50 years of protests within South Africa and international pressure to bring the racism to an end.
6. Conflict in the Balkans: Causes & Events
Various conflicts arose when Yugoslavia broke apart in the 1990s, including the Bosnian War. Kosovo also separated from Serbia during this time, adding to the chaos in the Balkan Peninsula.
7. Growth of International Organizations: History, Events, and Trends
In this lesson, we explore the growth of international organizations since the 1990s, especially the proliferation of trade deals and the expanding reach of existing organizations like the UN, NATO, and the EU.
8. 1990s Culture and Technology: Events & Trends
In this lesson, we explore the culture and technology of the 1990s, from the cultural issues of Generation X to the creation and spread of the Internet.
9. China and India's Rise to the World Stage
In this lesson, we explore the rapid and recent economic growth of China and India, and what this development means for both countries and the global community in the 21st century.
10. 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.
11. Rise of Terrorism since 1990: Causes & Major Events
In this lesson, we explore the diverse and dangerous rise of terrorism, specifically that sponsored by Islamic extremism, since 1990, as well as the current terrorist threats posed to the world today.
12. The World at 2014: Events, Issues & Major Trends
In this lesson, we delve into just a few of the many issues, events, and trends facing the world in 2014, from terrorism, to global warming, to geopolitics.
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