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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
|Emergence of Political, Social, and Economic Stability||Learn about how a fragile stability was achieved in Europe after WWII.|
|Economic Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: Recovery Programs & Their Effect||Get details on post-WWII economic recovery programs and their impact in Europe.|
|Political Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: History, Impact & Quiz||See how Western Europe's capitalism and Eastern Europe's communism impacted post-WWII political reconstruction.|
|The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events||Discover the causes of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union.|
|Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union||Examine the different economic paths the U.S. and Soviet Union took after WWII.|
|The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline||Study the causes of revolution in China and how it led to Taiwan's establishment.|
|The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations||Learn about the causes, major battles and effects of the 1950s Korean War.|
|The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects||Study the roots of the Vietnam War and the impact of the conflict on the U.S.|
|Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples, Causes & Quiz||Explore some of the international conflicts that impacted the Cold War.|
|Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies||Examine the life of Khrushchev and how his policies impacted the Soviet Union.|
|Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline||Take 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 WWII||Explore post-WWII reform efforts in China by communist leaders and their effects.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the History 113: World History II course
- Europe's Age of Exploration
- The Protestant Reformation
- The Elizabethan Era in Europe
- European Colonialism
- Absolute Monarchs in Europe
- Empire and Expansion in the 18th Century
- The Asian World (1368-1911)
- The Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment
- The French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte
- Nationalist Revolutions Across the World
- Industrialization in the Western World
- European Life & Trends
- Imperialism in the 19th-20th Centuries
- Global Transformations in the Early 20th Century
- World War I: Battles & Diplomacy
- Revolution & Nationalism in Asia
- Crisis & Depression Between the World Wars
- World War II: European & Pacific Theaters
- The Spread of Democracy Across the World
- Europe & the United States After 1945
- Latin America after 1945
- Africa & the Middle East After 1945
- Asia & the Pacific After 1945
- Contemporary Global Concerns