Ch 27: MTTC History: The Cold War

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Watch quick video lessons about the Cold War as part of your preparations for the MTTC History exam. Learn about major events and conflicts during the war and how it ended.

MTTC History: The Cold War - Chapter Summary

Simplify your MTTC History exam prep process by watching these flexible and fast videos to review important historical events in the world, such as the Cold War. Each lesson in this chapter covers an essential Cold War topic you'll need to know about for the exam, including:

  • Early events and causes of the Cold War
  • The U.S. and the Soviet Union as superpowers
  • Collapse of the Communist BLOC
  • Ways that the nuclear arms race affected Cold War politics
  • The Brezhnev doctrine and its influence on Eastern Europe
  • Gorbachev's policies during the Cold War
  • Fall of the Soviet Union and subsequent end of the Cold War
  • Start of Desert Storm

Our knowledgeable instructors break down major Cold War concepts into small, easily manageable chunks that help you quickly retain critical info for the MTTC History exam. The flexibility of our lessons means you can watch all the lessons in this chapter as part of your test prep or just skip to the topics you need a refresher on.

Objectives of the MTTC History: The Cold War Chapter

The MTTC History exam is part of the licensure process for aspiring history teachers in Michigan. It assesses your knowledge of history and readiness to teach history concepts in the classroom. The exam is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions covering four subareas: historical concepts and skills, U.S. history, interdisciplinary perspectives and world history. The Cold War is a part of the world history subarea, where 33% of the exam's questions are found. The self-assessment quizzes in this chapter can help you prepare for the style of questions you'll see on the exam, in addition to getting you ready for the content of Cold War-related questions in the world history subarea.

9 Lessons in Chapter 27: MTTC History: The 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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