Ch 24: Europe after the Soviet Union: AP European History Lesson Plans

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The Europe after the Cold War chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the end of the Soviet Union in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Europe after the Cold War chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayPost-War European cooperation and expansionEuropean treaties and organizations, the Common Market and history of the European Union
Tuesday The reunification of GermanyBerlin during the Cold War, the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany
WednesdayThe end of the communist bloc in Eastern EuropeIndependence movements and political reforms in members of the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact
ThursdayGorbachev and Yeltsin Glasnost and perestroika policies under Gorbachev, establishment of the New Russian Republic and the government of Boris Yeltsin
FridayGreat Britain and Yugoslavia after the Cold WarImpact of Margaret Thatcher and her government on Great Britain, conflict in the former Yugoslavia and ethnic genocide

10 Lessons in Chapter 24: Europe after the Soviet Union: AP European History Lesson Plans
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Post-Cold War European Cooperation: Institutions & Treaties

1. Post-Cold War European Cooperation: Institutions & Treaties

In this lesson, we explore the increasing cooperation between European states during the Cold War years and beyond, from a six-nation agreement concerning coal and steel to a far-reaching agreement binding most of Europe.

European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

2. European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

In this lesson, we briefly explore the piecemeal formation of the EU and discuss the nature of the Union today and its role as the political authority for most of Europe.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain

3. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain

In this lesson, we explore the life and political career of Great Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. A staunch conservative, her controversial policies guided Britain through one of its toughest economic times.

The Collapse of the Communist BLOC and the Warsaw Pact

4. The Collapse of the Communist BLOC and the Warsaw Pact

In this lesson, we explore the fall and breakup of the Warsaw Pact and Eastern Bloc of communist countries allied with, and client states of, the Soviet Union from after World War II until the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The Reunification of East and West Germany in 1990

5. The Reunification of East and West Germany in 1990

In this lesson we explore the unique history of East and West Germany after Germany's defeat in WWII and the conditions surrounding its eventual reunification in 1990.

Building and Tearing Down the Berlin Wall: History and Timeline

6. Building and Tearing Down the Berlin Wall: History and Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the history of the Berlin Wall, from its beginnings as a makeshift barrier between East and West Berlin, to its final demise as communism fell across Eastern Europe in the late 1980s.

The End of Communism in Eastern Europe: Events and Timeline

7. 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.

Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika: Explanation and Significance

8. Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika: Explanation and Significance

In this lesson, we will examine Mikhail Gorbachev's reform policies of glasnost and perestroika. We will learn what led to these developments and see how they impacted the Soviet Union.

Yeltsin and the New Russian Republic: History and Timeline

9. Yeltsin and the New Russian Republic: History and Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the fall of the Soviet Union and the reemergence of Russia and the subsequent presidency of Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin.

Ethnic Warfare in Former Yugoslavia: Events and Timeline

10. Ethnic Warfare in Former Yugoslavia: Events and Timeline

In this lesson we explore the breakup of the formerly communist state in the Balkans, Yugoslavia. In the 1990s, several Yugoslav states declared independence from the Serbian-dominated central government.

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