Ch 18: NES: Western Civilization Since 1945

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Explore major events that have occurred in Western civilization since 1945. This chapter can help prepare you for topical questions on the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination.

NES - Western Civilization Since 1945 - Chapter Summary

In order to fulfill your goal of passing the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination, renew your study of Western civilization since 1945. This chapter chronicles Western independence movements, religions, philosophies and social developments. Art and music of the post-World War II era are the focus of one video lesson while another examines the integration of world economies and cultures. Watching all of the video lessons could contribute to your ability to:

  • Describe Europe's efforts to reconstruct its economic and political systems following World War II
  • Discuss the events that led to Israel's creation
  • Explore the onset of independence movements around the world
  • Learn more about the timeline of the Chinese Revolution
  • Study the causes of Cold War conflicts
  • Explain the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union
  • Outline the events that led to the Soviet Union's demise
  • Identify changes to philosophy and the Catholic Church once World War II ended
  • Describe scientific, technological, political and social developments through the decades
  • Explore the invention of television, vinyl records and various forms of music
  • Define military and environmental globalization

This chapter includes animated video lessons that allow for an interactive learning experience. Make them a part of your study plan if you intend to take the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination for teacher certification in the near future. In the interest of self-paced learning, incorporate the lessons into your day and watch them when you can. Pause and rewind the lessons, or switch from one topic to the next with the handy video tags. Short multiple-choice quizzes are designed to ensure your grasp of this chapter's information.

NES - Western Civilization Since 1945 Objectives

Combining your prior knowledge and your exploration of this chapter could help you address relevant questions on the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination. Take the opportunity to demonstrate what you've learned about post-World War II civilization when you answer questions in the History content domain of the examination. This section is the equivalent of 50% of the assessment score. Comprised of four content domains and 150 questions, the examination is computer-administered. All questions are in multiple-choice form. Test candidates must observe the three-hour time limit for completion.

13 Lessons in Chapter 18: NES: Western Civilization Since 1945
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Economic Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: Recovery Programs & Their Effect

1. Economic Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: Recovery Programs & Their Effect

In this lesson, we explore the measures taken by the United States to aid its European allies in combating the severe economic depression in Europe immediately after World War II.

Political Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: History & Impact

2. Political Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: History & Impact

In this lesson, we explore the political reconstruction of Europe in the years immediately following World War II and the splitting of Europe between capitalist and communist states.

The Creation of Israel in 1948: Timeline & Resulting Conflicts

3. The Creation of Israel in 1948: Timeline & Resulting Conflicts

In this lesson, we explore the movements and political developments that led to the creation of the state of Israel and the subsequent backlash from the Arab world.

Post-WWII Independence Movements Around the World: History & Examples

4. Post-WWII Independence Movements Around the World: History & Examples

In this lesson, we explore the diverse and varied experience of decolonization in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa after World War II when Western Europe began to withdraw its claims to far away territory and colonies.

The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

5. The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

In this lesson we explore the long struggle between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party before, during, and after WWII, and the subsequent creation of Taiwan after the communist victory.

Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

6. 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 Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

7. The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the 20th century's space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, where both superpowers competed to be the first in space and the first to reach the moon.

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.

Religion & Philosophy Since 1945

9. Religion & Philosophy Since 1945

In this lesson, we explore some of the major developments in the world of ideas since the end of World War II, from the increased public engagement of professional philosophy and Catholicism to the growth of Islam.

The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

10. The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

In this lesson, we explore just a few of the numerous advances and innovations made in the worlds of sciences and technology, from automobiles and televisions to computers and phones that can fit in the palm of your hand.

Social & Political Developments Since 1945

11. Social & Political Developments Since 1945

In this lesson, we examine several social and political developments in the United States and in Western Europe since 1945, from the civil rights movement to the creation of the European Union.

Art & Culture Since 1945: Types & Artists

12. Art & Culture Since 1945: Types & Artists

In this lesson, we explore the art and culture of post-World War II Western society, from the fledgling television programming to the disparate directions of 20th-century art.

Globalization & Politics

13. Globalization & Politics

The term 'globalization' gets tossed about quite a lot, but what exactly does it mean? In this lesson, you'll learn what globalization is and how it can affect states and their citizens. We'll also discuss the North-South gap. A quiz follows.

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