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Ch 14: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Worldwide Political & Economic Shifts

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Reinforce your knowledge of major political and economic events across the globe through the lessons in this chapter. This review will help you prepare for the questions you can expect to find on the MTEL Adult Basic Education exam.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: Worldwide Political & Economic Shifts - Chapter Summary

This chapter reviews worldwide political and economic events from the 18th to the 20th century. Beginning with the overthrow of the French monarchy in 1789 and culminating in the end of apartheid in South Africa in the 1990s, it provides a comprehensive review of some of the most significant events and turning points in modern history. You will read about the following:

  • Causes, impact and aftermath of the French Revolution
  • Latin American independence movements
  • World Wars I and II
  • Post-war years and founding of the United Nations
  • Mao Zedong and communist China
  • Worldwide industrialization
  • Life and teachings of Gandhi
  • 1980s political and economic movements
  • End of the Cold War
  • 1990s South Africa, apartheid ends

These comprehensive, well-written and information-packed videos and texts are designed to give you the greatest amount of information in the least amount of time. They are accompanied by fully written transcripts with key vocabulary and terminology in highlighted form for immediate identification and quick referral.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: Worldwide Political & Economic Shifts Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Adult Basic Education exam is required for teacher licensure. It is intended to measure the candidate's knowledge against a state-established criteria. Our Worldwide Political & Economic Shifts chapter aligns with the competencies under Subarea IV: History, which makes up 10% of the grade.

This is a computer-based test with 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-ended response assignments. Each of the latter consists of an article that you will write on an assigned topic that should be approximately 150 to 300 words in length. You will be required to respond to both assignments.

15 Lessons in Chapter 14: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Worldwide Political & Economic Shifts
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Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events

1. Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events

This lesson will provide a brief overview of the primary phases, key events, and main characters of the French Revolution. We will also study the conditions and circumstances leading up to the Revolution.

Independence Movements in Latin America: Examples & Impact

2. Independence Movements in Latin America: Examples & Impact

This lesson will explore the 19th century Latin American revolutions. In doing so, it will highlight the roles L'Ouverture, Hidalgo, and Bolivar played in bringing freedom to Haiti, Mexico, and South America.

Simon Bolivar: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

3. Simon Bolivar: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

Explore the life and legacy of the Venezuelan revolutionary Simon Bolivar, and test your understanding of South American independence movements in the 19th century after completing this lesson.

Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

4. Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

Although World War I began in Europe, it is important to take a look at World War I in relation to U.S. history as well. The U.S. was greatly affected by the war. In this lesson, we'll take a quick and direct look at the causes that led up the war and the assassination that was the final catalyst.

End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

5. End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

In this lesson, we will examine the Treaty of Versailles. We will explore the treaty's negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference, take a look at the treaty's terms, and discuss Germany's reaction to the treaty.

World War II: The Start of the Second World War

6. World War II: The Start of the Second World War

Learn all about the start of World War II and why the League of Nations could not stop aggression by Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s, which led to the outbreak of this second global conflict.

The Fall of France during WWII: Strategies & Defeat

7. The Fall of France during WWII: Strategies & Defeat

In this lesson, we explore the French defenses, the subsequent German invasion, and the disastrous consequences for France during WWII and its four-year occupation by Germany.

The Aftermath of WWII

8. The Aftermath of WWII

In this lesson, we explore the economic and political realities which emerged in Europe immediately after the end of World War II and the steps countries took to confront them.

WWII Aftermath & the Creation of the United Nations

9. WWII Aftermath & the Creation of the United Nations

In this lesson, we will look at the aftermath of the Second World War and the formation of the United Nations. We will identify why the United Nations was created and explore the organization's function and structure in the post-war world.

Mao Zedong: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

10. Mao Zedong: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

In this lesson, you'll be learning about the life of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic of China. You'll look at the facts surrounding his ascension and even his accomplishments and then you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

Industrialization Spreads Around the World

11. Industrialization Spreads Around the World

In this lesson, we will learn about how industrialization spread from Great Britain to other parts of the world. We will highlight key terms, figures, and developments in this process.

Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination

12. Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination

In this lesson, we will learn about the life of Mohandas Gandhi. We will learn what values he stood for, how he stood for them, and his lasting legacy.

Reaganomics, Thatcherism & 1980s Economics

13. Reaganomics, Thatcherism & 1980s Economics

In 1979, Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher came to power in the U.K., introducing economic 'Thatcherism' to solve her nation's financial problems. Then, in 1981, Republican President Ronald Reagan and his 'Reaganomics' took power in the U.S.

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

14. 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.

The End of Apartheid - South Africa in the 1990s

15. The End of Apartheid - South Africa in the 1990s

In 1948, South Africa began a system of legal segregation known as apartheid. It took 50 years of protests within South Africa and international pressure to bring the racism to an end.

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