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AP World History: The Cold War and Other 20th Century World History - Chapter Summary
Professional instructors created this chapter on the Cold War and world history in the 20th century to assist you in your preparations for the AP World History exam. You'll watch videos about topics including the early events of the Cold War, the U.S. involvement in the Korean War and the conflicts and causes of the Vietnam War. This chapter has also been designed to help you achieve these objectives:
- Discuss the Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan in post-war Europe
- Detail post-war Asia and the reconstruction of Japan's government
- Outline the descent of the Iron Curtain in post-war Soviet Union
- Detail communism and the Cuban Revolution
- Identify the changes in Africa after WWII
- Explain the end of the Cold War and Desert Storm
- Understand the Hindu and Muslim conflict in India and the partition of Pakistan and India
- Describe how science and technology have changed society since WWII
We've taken the stress out of studying by creating this helpful chapter that you can study any time on any device with an Internet connection. Before moving on to other lessons, take the quiz included with each video to ensure you're ready. The comprehensive test at the end of the chapter is a great way to see how well you might do on exam day.
1. 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.
2. United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects
The Korean War was a short but bloody war with more than five million casualties. Find out what caused this deadly and destructive war, how the United States came to be involved and how the war affected Korea and its allies.
3. The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects
The Vietnam War was the longest and most polarizing conflict in the history of the United States. Learn about the causes of the war as well as its effects on the United States.
4. The End of the Cold War and Desert Storm
In this lesson, we will learn about the end of the Cold War and the Gulf War - also known as Desert Storm. We'll learn what led to these events and highlight the key themes associated with them.
5. Muslim and Hindu Conflict in India and the Partition of India and Pakistan
In this lesson, we will learn about religious tensions in India and the partition of India and Pakistan following British rule. We will see what led to these developments, and we will explore their context.
6. Sputnik to the Internet: How Technology and Science Have Changed Society since WWII
In this lesson, we will highlight critical scientific and technological advances since the end of World War II. We will explore the profound effects these advances had upon society.
7. Communism and the Cuban Revolution: Castro, the Bay of Pigs & the Cuban Missile Crisis
In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between communism and the country of Cuba. We will focus specifically on the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro's rise to power, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
8. 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.
9. Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition & Reconstruction of Japan's Government
In this lesson, we will examine post-war Asia. We will specifically focus on the partition of Korea, and the occupation and reconstruction of Japan. We will understand why these events took place, and how their impact is felt to this day.
10. 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.
11. Changes in Africa After World War II
In this lesson, we will examine changes in Africa following World War II. We will discover what factors led to decolonization in the wake of World War II, and we will highlight the central themes surrounding African independence movements.
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Other chapters within the AP World History: Exam Prep course
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- AP World History: Major Belief Systems
- AP World History: Ancient Times
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- AP World History: Ancient China, Africa, India & America
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- AP World History: The Rise of the Roman Republic
- AP World History: The Fall of the Roman Empire
- AP World History: The Dark Ages
- AP World History: Early Middle Ages
- AP World History: The Medieval Warm Period
- AP World History: The High Middle Ages
- AP World History: Asia, Africa & America (1000-1300 CE)
- AP World History: The Late Middle Ages
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- AP World History: The Reformation Across Europe
- AP World History: The Enlightenment
- AP World History: Political, Technological, and Intellectual Developments (1750-1914)
- AP World History: Colonialism
- AP World History: Nationalism
- AP World History: Imperialism
- AP World History: World War I
- AP World History: World War II
- AP World History: Industrialization of the Western World
- AP World History: A Globalized World - 1980 & Beyond
- AP World History: Arts, Literature, and Culture in the 20th Century
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