Ch 20: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Chapter 19: Struggles for Democracy (1945-Present)

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The Struggles for Democracy (1945-Present) chapter of this McDougal Littell Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential world history lessons of global struggles for democracy between 1945 and present day. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Struggles for Democracy(1945-Present) textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in McDougal Littell's Struggles for Democracy (1945-Present) chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the topics on democracy struggles that you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Challenges of post-war Latin American democracy
  • Politics and economy of Nigeria
  • The Apartheid Era in South Africa
  • Causes of the Soviet Union's collapse
  • The New Russian Republic and the Yeltsin presidency
  • The Russian economy and society under Putin
  • Post-war Poland
  • Significance of the Berlin Wall's fall
  • Politics and economy of post-war Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia
  • Economy and politics of the People's Republic of China and the Tiananmen Square massacre

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13 Lessons in Chapter 20: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Chapter 19: Struggles for Democracy (1945-Present)
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Post-War Latin America & Challenges to Democracy

1. Post-War Latin America & Challenges to Democracy

While many in the world celebrated the end of World War II, the lands of Latin America found themselves in chaos. This lesson explores this struggle as it discusses the events of the Cold War and how they affected countries like Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Cuba.

Nigeria: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)

2. Nigeria: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)

Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa and home to one of the world's fastest growing economies. That said, it also faces many of the same problems and issues as other African states.

South Africa in the Apartheid Era

3. 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.

Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

4. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.

Yeltsin and the New Russian Republic: History and Timeline

5. 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.

Russian Economic & Social Policies Under Vladimir Putin

6. Russian Economic & Social Policies Under Vladimir Putin

This lesson will cover the basic social and economic policies that have been put in place in Russia under President Vladimir Putin. We'll cover the 2007 global financial crisis, treatment of opposition, and controls on freedom of speech and the internet.

Post-war Poland: Soviet Occupation, Social Unrest & Economic Depression

7. Post-war Poland: Soviet Occupation, Social Unrest & Economic Depression

In this lesson, we explore the history of Poland after WWII, from its occupation by the Soviet Union and subsequent Soviet influence upon Polish government to the Solidarity movement and Lech Walesa.

1980 - 1989: The Fall of Berlin Wall

8. 1980 - 1989: The Fall of Berlin Wall

In this lesson, we explore the developments of the European Economic Community (today's European Union) during the 1980s and the questions it was confronted with by the fall of communism.

Post-war Czechoslovakia: Politics, Economy & Soviet Influence

9. Post-war Czechoslovakia: Politics, Economy & Soviet Influence

In this lesson, we explore the history and politics of Czechoslovakia from World War II until the country's eventual dissolution only a few short years after the fall of communism and the removal of Soviet influence.

Post-war Yugoslavia: New Name, Government & Republics

10. Post-war Yugoslavia: New Name, Government & Republics

In this lesson, we explore the rise of communism in Yugoslavia after the expulsion of the German invaders after WWII. We'll then look at its subsequent problems with ethnic violence and its eventual dissolution in the 1990s.

Ethnic Warfare in Former Yugoslavia: Events and Timeline

11. 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.

The People's Republic of China: Politics & Economy

12. The People's Republic of China: Politics & Economy

The People's Republic of China was established in 1949. Since that time, the politics and economy of this country have shifted course several times, mainly due to the leaders of the country and their vastly different goals.

China's Massacre in Tiananmen Square

13. China's Massacre in Tiananmen Square

The following lesson discusses the particularly bloody protest that occurred in China in June of 1989 as citizens attempted to protest China's communist for government reform and additional individual rights. After the lesson, take the quiz to test yourself!

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