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Post-War World 1946-1959
The lessons in this chapter explore the U.S. and its role in the post-World War II developments in other countries. Through these videos, you'll gain an understanding of the Cold War and U.S.-Soviet relations. You'll learn about the factors that influenced American foreign and domestic policy. Life in the U.S. is also explored, with a look at mainstream culture and an examination of those who felt outside the 'American way of life.' This chapter can help you understand:
- Europe-U.S. relations after the war
- The U.S.'s involvement in the development of Asian countries
- The communist governments of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries
- Mainstream American culture of the post-war period
- The counter-culture and its view of American society
|Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan||Learn about developments in Europe including U.S. aid through the Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan.|
|Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition & Reconstruction of Japan's Government||Understand the U.S.'s role into the division of Korea into two countries and the re-building of Japan's government under Gen. MacArthur.|
|Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: the Descent of the Iron Curtain||Explore developments in communist countries and the U.S.'s relations with these countries.|
|Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy||Examine the politics of foreign and domestic policy for the U.S.|
|Post-War American Life: Culture of the Late 1940s & 1950s||Understand mainstream American culture in the post-war period.|
|The Counter-Culture of Post-War America||Examine the ideas of people who did not share in the post-war era's economic and cultural optimism.|
1. Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan
In this lesson, we will learn about the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Airlift. We will examine the conditions in postwar Europe that resulted in these events, and we will understand why they are important.
2. Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition & Reconstruction of Japan's Government
In this lesson, we will examine post-war Asia. We will specifically focus on the partition of Korea, and the occupation and reconstruction of Japan. We will understand why these events took place, and how their impact is felt to this day.
3. Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain
In this lesson, we will learn about some of the dynamic events that followed World War II in Eastern Europe. We will explore the descent of the Iron Curtain, and learn about the formation of the Eastern Bloc states.
4. Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy
In this lesson, we will learn about American politics in the post-war era. We will highlight the broad contours of foreign and domestic policies, and learn how Americans planned to deal with the challenges of an increasingly complex world.
5. Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s
In this lesson, we will explore American postwar culture. We will learn what life was like throughout the late 1940s and the 1950s by highlighting important cultural trends.
6. The Counter-Culture of Post-War America
In this lesson we will explore the counter-culture of the postwar era. We will examine the groups and individuals who defied the conventions of mainstream society.
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- Industrialization and Urbanization (1870-1900)
- The Progressive Era (1900-1917)
- American Imperialism (1890-1919)
- The Roaring 20s (1920-1929)
- The Great Depression (1929-1940)
- The US in World War ll (1941-1945)
- The Cold War (1950-1973)
- Protests, Activism and Civil Disobedience (1954-1973)
- The 1970s (1969-1979)
- The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992)
- Contemporary America (1992-2013)
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