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European History: Integration in Europe after the Soviet Union - Chapter Summary
Subject experts introduce you to events and leaders in Europe after the Cold War. You'll get a firsthand look at the treaties that emerged and the events that led to the expansion of the European Union. Lessons will discuss the influence that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had on Great Britain as well as the significance of policies spearheaded by Gorbachev. This chapter covers the end of communism in the Eastern part of Europe, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and ethnic warfare that broke out in the former Yugoslavia. Once you've wrapped up your study of this chapter, you'll have knowledge of:
- The Communist BLOC collapse
- Significance of the Warsaw Pact
- East and West Germany's reunification
- History of the Berlin Wall
- Glasnost and Perestroika policies and their importance
- Yeltsin's New Russian Republic
- Timeline of events in the former Yugoslavia's ethnic war
Our short and engaging video lessons make learning about this period of European history fun and easy. You can quickly review key topics without having to re-watch the entire video by using the video tags that come with our lessons. The professional and experienced instructors who teach these lessons use engaging narration and graphics to help you retain critical info about Europe's history after the Cold War. We offer lesson transcripts that make finding the definitions for key terms simple and fast. You'll also find self-assessment quizzes attached to each lesson so you can check your knowledge of the material.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. 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.
9. 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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