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Ch 4: National Developments in the Postwar Period

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Watch engaging online history video lessons and take quick quizzes to learn about the European Union, the Velvet Revolution, Bloody Sunday and more developments in the postwar period.

Europe after WWII - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Video lessons and transcripts included in this chapter can help you review the state of Europe immediately after World War II and right up through the Cold War's end. Instructors discuss the political realignments in Eastern Europe and the emergence of new nations in Africa and Asia. You can also learn about the reforms designed to boost struggling economies in Western Europe. This chapter is designed to help you understand the following:

  • Soviet influence in Eastern Europe
  • Decolonization in Asia and Africa
  • Italy and Great Britain's economic reforms
  • Legacies of Thatcher and Khrushchev

Video Objectives
Post-war Poland: Soviet Occupation, Social Unrest & Economic Depression Explore causes of social unrest and economic instability in Poland.
Post-war Czechoslovakia: Politics, Economy & Soviet Influence Examine the coup of 1948, Soviet political and economic influences, the Velvet Revolution and the eventual dissolution of Czechoslovakia.
Post-war Yugoslavia: New Name, Government & Republics Follow the rise of communism in Yugoslavia, escalating tensions between ethnic groups and the resulting wars for independence.
Decolonization and Nationalism in Israel, Egypt, Africa & Algeria Study causes of decolonization and the growth of nationalism in Africa and Asia after World War II.
Decolonization and Nationalism in Indonesia, Vietnam, India & Pakistan Survey the causes of decolonization and nationalism in these areas following the end of the World War II.
European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines Outline the parameters of the European Union's authority and follow this organization's expansion.
Post-war Great Britain: Reforms, Industry & Economy Explain reforms to Great Britain's industry and economy following World War II.
The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday Get on overview of the Troubles in Ireland. Examine the clashes between protesters and the British Army on Bloody Sunday.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain Identify characteristics of the Thatcher administration and her impact as a female prime minister.
Post-war Italy: New Republic and Social & Economic Rebuilding Outline the political, social and economic developments in Italy after World War II.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: National Developments in the Postwar Period
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Post-war Poland: Soviet Occupation, Social Unrest & Economic Depression

1. Post-war Poland: Soviet Occupation, Social Unrest & Economic Depression

In this lesson, we explore the history of Poland after WWII, from its occupation by the Soviet Union and subsequent Soviet influence upon Polish government to the Solidarity movement and Lech Walesa.

Post-war Czechoslovakia: Politics, Economy & Soviet Influence

2. Post-war Czechoslovakia: Politics, Economy & Soviet Influence

In this lesson, we explore the history and politics of Czechoslovakia from World War II until the country's eventual dissolution only a few short years after the fall of communism and the removal of Soviet influence.

Post-war Yugoslavia: New Name, Government & Republics

3. Post-war Yugoslavia: New Name, Government & Republics

In this lesson, we explore the rise of communism in Yugoslavia after the expulsion of the German invaders after WWII. We'll then look at its subsequent problems with ethnic violence and its eventual dissolution in the 1990s.

Decolonization and Nationalism in Israel, Egypt, Africa & Algeria

4. Decolonization and Nationalism in Israel, Egypt, Africa & Algeria

In this lesson, we explore the concepts of nationalism and national self-determination and how they affected the decolonization of the Middle East and Africa in the second half of the 20th century.

Decolonization and Nationalism in Indonesia, Vietnam, India & Pakistan

5. Decolonization and Nationalism in Indonesia, Vietnam, India & Pakistan

In this lesson, we explore the nature of nationalism in the colonial world and its various manifestations in South and Southeast Asia during the second half of the 20th century.

European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

6. European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

In this lesson, we briefly explore the piecemeal formation of the EU and discuss the nature of the Union today and its role as the political authority for most of Europe.

Post-war Great Britain: Reforms, Industry & Economy

7. Post-war Great Britain: Reforms, Industry & Economy

In this lesson, we explore the political developments in Great Britain after World War II and the development of the British welfare state under the direction of the Labour Party and Clement Attlee.

The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday

8. The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday

In this lesson, we explore the centuries-old rivalry between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, and the political and military struggle for the six northernmost counties in Ireland during the thirty-year period known as 'The Troubles.'

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain

9. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain

In this lesson, we explore the life and political career of Great Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. A staunch conservative, her controversial policies guided Britain through one of its toughest economic times.

Post-war Italy: New Republic and Social & Economic Rebuilding

10. Post-war Italy: New Republic and Social & Economic Rebuilding

In this lesson we explore the post-WWII rebuilding of the Italian economy, the restructuring of its fundamental political structures, and its close partnership with the U.S. in the Cold War world.

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