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Ch 18: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Chapter 17: Restructuring the Postwar World (1945-Present)

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The Restructuring the Postwar World chapter of this McDougal Littell Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with post-WWII political developments. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Restructuring the Postwar World textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • The significance of the Yalta Conference and Potsdam Conference
  • Why the Berlin Wall was constructed
  • Post-war American foreign and domestic policies
  • Causes of the Cold War
  • The founding of the Chinese Communist Party
  • Causes and effects of the Korean War
  • Causes and consequences of the Vietnam War
  • The impact of the Cuban Revolution
  • Cold War events in the Middle East
  • The significance of Czechoslovakia's communist takeover
  • President Kennedy's policies during the Cold War
  • President Reagan's foreign policy

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12 Lessons in Chapter 18: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Chapter 17: Restructuring the Postwar World (1945-Present)
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The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

1. The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

Throughout the course of WWII, leaders of many Allied nations met many times to discuss strategy. Then, near the end of the war, two historic conferences shaped the post-war world.

Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

2. 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.

Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

3. Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

In this lesson, we will learn about American politics in the post-war era. We will highlight the broad contours of foreign and domestic policies, and learn how Americans planned to deal with the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

4. 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.

The Rise of Communism in China

5. The Rise of Communism in China

In this lesson, we explore the early beginnings of communism in China. We begin in the 20th century and lead into the institution of China's first communist government in 1949.

The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations

6. The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations

In this lesson, we will examine the Korean War. We will explore the events leading up to the war, some of its most important battles, and also highlight the key themes associated with it.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

Cold War Confrontations in the Middle East: Iran & Afghanistan

9. Cold War Confrontations in the Middle East: Iran & Afghanistan

During the Cold War, the U.S. and the Soviet superpowers clashed around the globe. This lesson examines two of those hot spots, in Iran and Afghanistan, where Cold War concerns had serious repercussions.

Communists Take Power in Czechoslovakia

10. Communists Take Power in Czechoslovakia

In this lesson, we will explore the communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948. We will also explore what events led to this seizure of power, and we will place this event in the broader context of the Cold War.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

11. John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

Upon entering office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy was tasked with the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in the United States' battle against communism. Learn about Kennedy's successes and failures in handling the Cold War.

President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

12. President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy was an aggressive attempt to renew the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Learn about the policies, actions and results of Reagan's foreign policy in this lesson.

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