Ch 21: Developments in East Asia, Latin America, Africa & the Middle East since 1945

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Quickly improve your understanding of developments in East Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East since 1945 by working on this chapter of video lessons. It covers the Cuban Missile Crisis, Palestinian nationalism, apartheid in South Africa, and more. These short lessons are a helpful tool for students getting caught up on missed class time or preparing for an exam.

Developments in East Asia, Latin America, Africa & the Middle East since 1945 - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of developments in East Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East since 1945. You can learn details about the Nicaraguan Revolution, such as the violence of the Somoza regime and the Sandinista rebels. You can also learn about apartheid in South Africa, Fidel Castro's rise to power, and the Bay of Pigs invasion. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Recall experiences of nations in Asia from 1945 to the present
  • Explain how nationalism and national self-determination affected decolonization of the Middle East and Africa
  • Link communism and the country of Cuba
  • Describe what happened during the Nicaraguan Revolution
  • Explain how racial discrimination was legalized and institutionalized in South Africa
  • Discuss anti-semitism and the origins of Muslim and Jewish people
  • Recount what the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 was about

You can study all of the lessons on developments in East Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East since 1945 in sequential order or the reverse. Each lesson includes a short quiz/printable worksheet to determine how much of the content you can recall.

7 Lessons in Chapter 21: Developments in East Asia, Latin America, Africa & the Middle East since 1945
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Overview of Asia from 1945 to the Present

1. Overview of Asia from 1945 to the Present

In this lesson, you will explore the general experiences of nations in Asia since the end of World War II in 1945. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Decolonization and Nationalism in Israel, Egypt, Africa & Algeria

2. Decolonization and Nationalism in Israel, Egypt, Africa & Algeria

In this lesson, we explore the concepts of nationalism and national self-determination and how they affected the decolonization of the Middle East and Africa in the second half of the 20th century.

Communism and the Cuban Revolution: Castro, the Bay of Pigs & the Cuban Missile Crisis

3. 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.

The Nicaraguan Revolution: The Somoza Regime & Sandinistas

4. The Nicaraguan Revolution: The Somoza Regime & Sandinistas

This lesson will explain the events of the Nicaraguan Revolution. In doing so, it will highlight U.S. involvement as well as the brutality and violence of the Somoza regime and the Sandinista rebels.

South Africa in the Apartheid Era

5. South Africa in the Apartheid Era

Alongside the American period of segregation and Jim Crow, South Africa remains one of only a handful of countries to legalize and institutionalize racial discrimination. This lesson explains that practice, as well as how it was dismantled.

Anti-Semitism, Zionism & Palestinian Nationalism in the Arab-Israeli Conflicts

6. Anti-Semitism, Zionism & Palestinian Nationalism in the Arab-Israeli Conflicts

The modern Arab-Israeli conflicts started with the British Mandate of Palestine, following World War I, but the roots of the struggle are 3,000 years old. This lesson traces the origins of the land of Israel, and both the Muslim and Jewish people.

Israeli Statehood and the Arab-Israeli War of 1948

7. Israeli Statehood and the Arab-Israeli War of 1948

For centuries, the population of the land known today as Israel barely changed. But in the late 1800s, waves of immigrants poured in, fighting for the right to control the territory. The modern state of Israel was created in 1948.

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