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Proxy Wars During the Cold War - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the proxy wars that occurred during the Cold War. Using a simple and engaging teaching approach, our instructors explain the causes, events and effects of proxy wars/conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Ethiopia, Angola, Afghanistan and other countries. You can use any Internet-connected device to access the lessons, and the chapter comes with plenty of self-assessment quizzes to help you remember the information. You can also work through the chapter at your own pace. Revisit the lessons as many times as you need, and if you have any questions, our instructors will be happy to assist you. When you're finished with the chapter, you'll be able to:
- Identify the causes of conflicts that occurred during the Cold War
- Explain the rise of of communism in China
- Outline the causes and effects of the Greek Civil War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cambodian-Vietnamese War
- Understand the history of the Cuban Revolution, the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis
- Recognize proxy wars from Central and South America during the Cold War era
- Assess Ethiopia's Red Terror era
- Summarize the history of the Civil War in Angola
- Assess the sequence of events in the Soviet War in Afghanistan
1. Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes
In this lesson, we explore several of the world's conflicts in the second half of the 20th century that ended up becoming proxy wars between the United States and the Soviet Union in their Cold War standoff.
2. The Rise of Communism in China
In this lesson, we explore the early beginnings of communism in China. We begin in the 20th century and lead into the institution of China's first communist government in 1949.
3. Greek Civil War: Causes, Effects and The Cold War
The Greek Civil War began in 1944 as the Germans left the country. Britain and America supported the government against local Communists. Very brutal on both sides, it was an early conflict of the Cold War.
4. The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations
In this lesson, we will examine the Korean War. We will explore the events leading up to the war, some of its most important battles, and also highlight the key themes associated with it.
5. Communism and the Cuban Revolution: Castro, the Bay of Pigs & the Cuban Missile Crisis
In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between communism and the country of Cuba. We will focus specifically on the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro's rise to power, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
6. The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects
The Vietnam War was the longest and most polarizing conflict in the history of the United States. Learn about the causes of the war as well as its effects on the United States.
7. Cambodian-Vietnamese War: Causes & Effects
In this lesson, you'll learn about the roots of the Cambodian-Vietnamese War and how other nations played a role. You'll also reflect on a horrific time in modern human history, a story you might be surprised you don't hear about more frequently.
8. Red Terror in Ethiopia
This lesson will examine the brief but extremely violent era in Ethiopian history known as the Red Terror. We'll explore the events leading up to the Red Terror as well as the legacy that remains, then you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
9. Civil War in Angola: History & Relationship to the Cold War
Any civil war is difficult to resolve, but that tension is compounded when the rest of the world starts to intervene. In this lesson, we'll examine the Angolan Civil War and see how it was defined by Cold War conflicts.
10. The Soviet War in Afghanistan: Causes & Timeline
The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and sparked a ten-year conflict lasting until 1989. Learn more about the background of the conflict, the belligerents, the military strategy, and the overall results in this lesson.
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- The Brezhnev Years of the Cold War
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