Ch 19: Restructuring the World After World War II

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Watch video lessons to learn about reconstruction efforts following the end of World War II. Check your comprehension of the chapter's topics by taking short quizzes after each lesson.

Restructuring the World After World War II - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

By the time the Second World War ended in 1945, millions of people had been killed and many of those left behind were left to deal with tremendous destruction. The aftermath of World War II included significant political, economic and social upheaval across several countries. In this chapter, you'll explore post-WWII reconstruction as well as the causes of multiple conflicts that impacted Europe, Asia and the United States. By studying the video lessons, you'll get insight into topics like:

  • The effectiveness of post-WWII economic and political reconstruction efforts in Europe
  • Causes of the Cold War
  • How the Cold War came to an end
  • The impact of revolution in China
  • Contributing factors to the Korean War
  • What caused the Vietnam War

VideoObjective
Emergence of Political, Social, and Economic StabilityLearn about how a fragile stability was achieved in Europe after WWII.
Economic Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: Recovery Programs & Their EffectGet details on post-WWII economic recovery programs and their impact in Europe.
Political Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: History, Impact & QuizSee how Western Europe's capitalism and Eastern Europe's communism impacted post-WWII political reconstruction.
The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early EventsDiscover the causes of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union.
Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet UnionExamine the different economic paths the U.S. and Soviet Union took after WWII.
The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & TimelineStudy the causes of revolution in China and how it led to Taiwan's establishment.
The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United NationsLearn about the causes, major battles and effects of the 1950s Korean War.
The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & EffectsStudy the roots of the Vietnam War and the impact of the conflict on the U.S.
Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples, Causes & QuizExplore some of the international conflicts that impacted the Cold War.
Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & PoliciesExamine the life of Khrushchev and how his policies impacted the Soviet Union.
Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & TimelineTake a look at the factors that led to the Soviet Union's demise and its impact on the Cold War.
Revolution & Reform in China After WWIIExplore post-WWII reform efforts in China by communist leaders and their effects.

12 Lessons in Chapter 19: Restructuring the World After World War II
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Emergence of Political, Social, and Economic Stability

1. Emergence of Political, Social, and Economic Stability

In this lesson, we explore the factors that led to the emergence of peace in Europe and the nature of the tenuous political, economic and social stability that developed after WWII.

Economic Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: Recovery Programs & Their Effect

2. Economic Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: Recovery Programs & Their Effect

In this lesson, we explore the measures taken by the United States to aid its European allies in combating the severe economic depression in Europe immediately after World War II.

Political Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: History & Impact

3. Political Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: History & Impact

In this lesson, we explore the political reconstruction of Europe in the years immediately following World War II and the splitting of Europe between capitalist and communist states.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

4. The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

The period of distrust between the Soviet Union and United States was known as the Cold War. Learn about the origins of the era, essential events and the shaping of the national security state.

Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

5. Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

In this lesson we will look at the role the United States and the Soviet Union played in post-1945 Europe. We will focus specifically on the influence of each super power and see how each state impacted developments in Europe.

The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

6. The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

In this lesson we explore the long struggle between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party before, during, and after WWII, and the subsequent creation of Taiwan after the communist victory.

The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations

7. 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.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

8. 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.

Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

9. 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.

Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies

10. Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies

In this lesson, we explore the life and career of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. The country's leader after the death of Joseph Stalin, Khrushchev implemented several domestic reforms while also standing toe-to-toe with the West.

Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

11. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.

Revolution & Reform in China After WWII

12. Revolution & Reform in China After WWII

In the years since World War II, China has evolved from a farming society into one of the world's largest economies. That said, it has also experienced famines, purges, and the near destruction of much of its culture.

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