Ch 46: Post-WWII World Cultures & Politics (1946-1959)

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Use the video lessons in this chapter to examine the worldwide cultural and political aftereffects of World War II. Use the quizzes in each lesson to apply what you've learned.

Post-WWII World Cultures & Politics (1946-1959) - Chapter Summary

The effects of World War II were felt around the world. In this chapter, you will explore the cultural and political shifts that took place globally as a result of the war. Specifically, you'll examine the effects in Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America and the United States. By the end of this chapter, you will have explored:

  • Changes in Latin America from 1900-1950
  • Post-war politics in Latin America
  • The Marshall Plan and the Berlin airlift in Europe
  • Splitting of Korea and rebuilding of Japan
  • Effects on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
  • Post-war politics in the U.S.
  • U.S. culture in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Post-war counter-culture in the U.S.

Each lesson has been designed to help you easily review and retain the information. Video lessons are included to help illustrate the material, and the transcript of each video is available for text-based learning. There are self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson so you can test your knowledge and see if there's any information you need to review again. If you'd like to re-watch a particular portion of the lesson, utilize the clickable timeline below each video.

9 Lessons in Chapter 46: Post-WWII World Cultures & Politics (1946-1959)
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Social & Economic Changes in Latin America: 1900-1950

1. Social & Economic Changes in Latin America: 1900-1950

This lesson explores Latin America during the first half of the 20th century. It highlights the economic strains linked to World War I. It also discusses U.S. involvement in the region.

Mexico and Central America After World War II

2. Mexico and Central America After World War II

This lesson will explore post-war Central America and Mexico. It will highlight the Guatemalan Civil War and the Nicaraguan Revolution, as well as the PRI's single party domination of Mexico.

Post-war Latin American Politics

3. Post-war Latin American Politics

This lesson explores the political events occurring in post-World War II Latin America. We highlight the impact of the Cold War and American intervention.

Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan

4. 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.

Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition & Reconstruction of Japan's Government

5. 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.

Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

6. 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.

Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

7. 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.

Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s

8. 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.

The Counter-Culture of Post-War America

9. 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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