Ch 36: NES: The Cold War

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This chapter is about the causes, conflicts, political and social concerns of the Cold War. Use it to prepare for related questions on the NES: Middle Grades Social Science exam.

NES: The Cold War - Chapter Summary

Our instructors in this series of lesson videos will help you study the causes and events of the Cold War. Watch these lessons to improve your understanding of the conflict between the western nations and the communist nations, as well as the political and social reactions to them. Following your review of these lessons, you should be prepared for exam question about the:

  • Origins of the Cold War and the national security state in the U.S.
  • Events, causes and effects of the Korean War
  • Red Scare and Joseph McCarthy
  • Cold War's influences on everyday life in America
  • Domestic and foreign agendas of President Eisenhower
  • Actions of President Kennedy against communism
  • Events, causes and effects of the Vietnam War

Study these topics on your computer or mobile device. When you are confident that you have a firm understanding of the material presented in these lessons, take the practice chapter exam to make certain you understand the events of the Cold War for the National Evaluation Series (NES): Middle Grades Social Science exam.

NES: The Cold War Objectives

When you take the NES: Middle Grades Social Science exam, you can expect to be asked 150 multiple-choice questions which are assembled to test your understanding of the social sciences. You will be given three hours to complete these questions, so it will be beneficial to know what they will cover. Around 50% of the exam is about historical topics, including the foreign policies and social and economic development of the U.S. during the Cold War.

7 Lessons in Chapter 36: NES: 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.

The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations

2. 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.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

3. McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

The fear of communism, known as the Red Scare, led to a national witch hunt for suspected communist supporters, which was known as McCarthyism. Learn about the rise of McCarthyism and the Red Scare, the impact of McCarthyism on American society and the legacy of the short-lived fear campaign.

The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life

4. The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life

Fear of communism and nuclear annihilation spread throughout the United States during the Cold War. Learn about the effects of the Cold War on everyday life and the determination of Americans to prepare for and combat the communist menace.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

5. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

President Dwight D. Eisenhower entered office during an amplified period of the Cold War. Learn about Eisenhower's domestic and foreign agenda in dealing with the Cold War during the 1950s.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

6. 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.

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.

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