Ch 45: MTEL History: Cold War

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Watch our video lessons to review information about the causes, events and influence of the Cold War. These lessons and quizzes will aid you in preparing for the MTEL History exam.

MTEL History: Cold War - Chapter Summary

Let the lessons in this chapter help you prepare for questions on the causes and impact of the Cold War when you take the MTEL History exam. Our video lessons and quizzes will get you ready to tackle these types of exam questions:

  • Exploring the origins of and approaches towards the Cold War
  • Examining the Korean War and U.S. involvement
  • Learning more about the Cold War with relation to John F. Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower
  • Explaining McCarthyism and the Vietnam War
  • Reviewing the Soviet Union and the United States
  • Naming armed conflicts during the Cold War period
  • Discussing the nuclear arms race
  • Examining Brezhnev's and Gorbachev's policies
  • Looking at the fall of the Soviet Union and the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe

These lessons are led by experts in the field who make learning fun, while giving you the information you'll need to ace the MTEL History exam. This knowledge of Cold War events, policies and personalities will help you on test day.

MTEL History: Cold War Chapter Objectives

Massachusetts requires passing the MTEL History exam of anyone seeking certification to teach the subject in a Massachusetts public school. The exam has four subareas, and questions on the Cold War are in the U.S. history subarea, which contains 30% of the test's total questions, and also in the subarea on world history, which contains 25% of the test's questions.

All questions in these two subareas are multiple-choice. You'll read through the question and choose one of four possible answers. The self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson allow you to test your knowledge of this subject and get comfortable with a computer-based test like you'll face with the MTEL exam.

9 Lessons in Chapter 45: MTEL History: Cold War
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The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

1. 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.

Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

2. Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

In this lesson we will look at the role the United States and the Soviet Union played in post-1945 Europe. We will focus specifically on the influence of each super power and see how each state impacted developments in Europe.

Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

3. Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

In this lesson, we explore several of the world's conflicts in the second half of the 20th century that ended up becoming proxy wars between the United States and the Soviet Union in their Cold War standoff.

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 Effects of the Nuclear Arms Race on Cold War Politics

5. The Effects of the Nuclear Arms Race on Cold War Politics

In this lesson, we will examine the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union that took place throughout the post-war era. We will learn why this arms race took place, and we will highlight key developments associated with it.

The Brezhnev Doctrine's Influence on Eastern Europe

6. The Brezhnev Doctrine's Influence on Eastern Europe

In this lesson, we explore the Soviet Union's grip on Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century and the Brezhnev Doctrine, which dictated its actions in several countries.

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

7. 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.

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

8. 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 the Cold War and Desert Storm

9. The End of the Cold War and Desert Storm

In this lesson, we will learn about the end of the Cold War and the Gulf War - also known as Desert Storm. We'll learn what led to these events and highlight the key themes associated with them.

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