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Students will learn:
- Issues in Russia and Germany after Communism
- Post-war Yugoslavia's name change, government and ethnic warfare
- Japan's and Mexico's economies
- Argentina's transition from a dictatorship to a democracy
- South Africa's path to democracy
- Democracy and economic development in the Czech Republic and South Korea
- U.S. political participation and voter turnout
- Voting benefits and costs
- Other types of political participation
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1. Russia After Communism
In this lesson we explore the tumultuous and chaotic period of Russia after the fall of communism. We'll learn about the rule of President Yeltsin in the 1990s, and how Russia has changed under Vladimir Putin.
2. Germany After Communism
In this lesson, we explore the evolution of Germany after the reunification of East Germany and West Germany in 1990. We will also review the lasting legacy of communism in unified Germany. Read through the lesson, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
3. Ukrainian Nationalism
What does it mean to be Ukrainian? This is a question that many people have struggled to answer for centuries. Many of those who confronted this question would be considered ~'nationalists~' today. This lesson looks at the way Ukrainian nationalism has developed over the centuries.
4. 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.
5. Ethnic Warfare in Former Yugoslavia: Events and Timeline
In this lesson we explore the breakup of the formerly communist state in the Balkans, Yugoslavia. In the 1990s, several Yugoslav states declared independence from the Serbian-dominated central government.
6. Japan's Economy: Postwar Boom & Prosperity
In this lesson we explore the post-WWII economic boom in Japan, the circumstances and actions that led to it, and the subsequent crash in the 1990s and the Lost Decade.
7. Mexico's Economy: Events, Trade & Growth
Mexico is a big nation, and its economy is an important part of world affairs. In this lesson, we'll talk about the history of the Mexican economy and see what it looks like today.
8. From Dictatorship to Democracy in Argentina
In this lesson, we explore the turbulent years of transition in late 20th-century Argentina, when the country's ruling military junta fell and was replaced by democratically-elected leaders.
9. The Road to Democracy in South Africa
South Africa, an emerging nation, has a turbulent recent past. It was only in 1994 that the country had its first democratic elections. In this lesson, we'll learn what it took to get them there.
10. Czech Republic: Democracy & Economic Development
In this lesson we explore the development of democracy and economic growth in the Czech Republic in the years after the fall of communism and the dissolution of Czechoslovakia.
11. South Korea: Democracy & Economic Development
In this lesson you will learn about South Korea's economic development, and the growth of its democracy. You will look at how the Cold War shaped these developments, and how democracy and economic development did not always go hand in hand in South Korea.
12. Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout
Despite an increase in the number of eligible voters, political participation in the United States seems to be on the decline. This lesson discusses influences on political participation and voter turnout.
13. Voting: Costs and Benefits
In a country as large as the United States, it's highly unlikely that one person's vote will decide the outcome of a presidential election. Does this mean the costs of voting outweigh the benefits? This lesson explores this question.
14. Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types
Americans participate in government by voting, but they also participate in many other ways. This lesson discusses the role alternative forms of political participation play in our political involvement.
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