Ch 43: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Post-WWII Middle East

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Use this chapter as part of your studies for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam to develop your understanding of the major events in the Middle East following World War II.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Post-WWII Middle East - Chapter Summary

These lessons will provide a detailed history and explanation of significant conflicts and developments in the Middle East from World War II to the present day. The content covered in this chapter will help you prepare for any relevant questions on the world history portion of the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. After you complete this chapter, you should have the knowledge necessary to answer any questions about the following topics:

  • Origins of the Jewish and Muslim people and the history of Arab-Israeli conflicts
  • Israel's creation, statehood, and the Arab-Israeli War of 1948
  • Six-Day War of 1967 and the reinforcement of pan-Arab, Palestinian and Israeli nationalism
  • History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from 1973-1993
  • Significance of the Suez Crisis
  • Development of OPEC
  • Summary of the Iran Hostage Crisis

If you find you learn better from reading than by viewing videos, you can consult the full transcriptions that accompany each lesson. These transcriptions highlight key terminology that may prove beneficial to know as you go into the exam. Be sure to take note of the vocabulary to deepen your understanding of this history and solidify your skills for answering any pertinent exam questions.

9 Lessons in Chapter 43: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Post-WWII Middle East
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Overview of the Middle East: 1945-Present

1. Overview of the Middle East: 1945-Present

The Middle East has undergone considerable changes since 1945. From 'mandate' territories to areas of great geopolitical interest, few aspects of modern life are untouched by the events of this region.

Anti-Semitism, Zionism & Palestinian Nationalism in the Arab-Israeli Conflicts

2. Anti-Semitism, Zionism & Palestinian Nationalism in the Arab-Israeli Conflicts

The modern Arab-Israeli conflicts started with the British Mandate of Palestine, following World War I, but the roots of the struggle are 3,000 years old. This lesson traces the origins of the land of Israel, and both the Muslim and Jewish people.

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.

Israeli Statehood and the Arab-Israeli War of 1948

4. Israeli Statehood and the Arab-Israeli War of 1948

For centuries, the population of the land known today as Israel barely changed. But in the late 1800s, waves of immigrants poured in, fighting for the right to control the territory. The modern state of Israel was created in 1948.

The Six-Day War of 1967: Causes & Timeline

5. The Six-Day War of 1967: Causes & Timeline

An Egyptian plot in 1967 to destroy Israel backfired when Israel struck first, destroying the forces of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, and taking possession of new territory. The Six-Day War also cemented Israeli, pan-Arab, and Palestinian nationalism.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: 1973-1993

6. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: 1973-1993

After a failed 1973 attempt to reclaim land won by Israel in the Six-Day War, independent groups, such as the PLO, Fatah and Hezbollah, have promoted Palestinian goals. The first Intifada in the West Bank and Gaza was ended by the Oslo Accords.

Causes, Timeline & Effects of the Suez Crisis

7. Causes, Timeline & Effects of the Suez Crisis

In 1956, Egyptian President Gamal Nasser seized the Suez Canal from its French and British owners, sparking an invasion by those Western nations and their ally, Israel. The Suez Crisis became a Cold War confrontation and a test of the United Nations.

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC): History & Purpose

8. Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC): History & Purpose

Oil is an indispensable and scarce commodity required for energy and modern products. A world without it would look drastically different. In this lesson, you'll learn about the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, including its history and purpose.

Iran Hostage Crisis: Summary, Timeline & Facts

9. Iran Hostage Crisis: Summary, Timeline & Facts

The Iran Hostage Crisis lasted more than a year and greatly affected U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Learn more about how this important historical event unfolded and how it defined one president's legacy.

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