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U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II - Chapter Summary
In this chapter on U.S. foreign policy since World War II, you'll find a series of lessons that shed light on the causes and effects of the Korean War and the timeline of the Cuban Missile Crisis. After completing this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Discuss the conflicts of the Vietnam War
- Analyze the Cuban Missile Crisis
- Outline the foreign policies of President Nixon
- Summarize the Camp David Accords
- Detail the timeline of the Iran hostage crisis
- Identify key facts about the Persian Gulf War
- Describe the controversy surrounding the war in Afghanistan
- Understand the key points of the Iraq War
We've designed this self-paced chapter to allow you the freedom to work as quickly or as slowly as you need to based on your goals and needs. It's easy to make sure you're ready to move on by answering the multiple-choice questions on the lesson quizzes and chapter test. Feel free to ask for help through the Dashboard if you need it.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The Cuban Missile Crisis: Definition, Facts & Timeline
Today, it's hard to remember that the U.S. and the Soviet Union had thousands of nuclear warheads pointed at each other, ready to fly at a moment's notice. But for a period of time, there was a possibility that between the two nations, all life on Earth could be extinguished. And that possibility was never more real, or closer, than it was in October 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis.
4. Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Detente
President Richard Nixon entered office in 1969 with the hope of easing international relations and honorably ending the war in Vietnam. Learn about his various attempts at securing international peace.
5. Camp David Accords Summary
The Camp David Accords were a series of negotiations that lasted for twelve days between US President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The result was two-part agreement in September 1978.
6. 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.
7. The Persian Gulf War: Timeline, Summary & Facts
This lesson will examine the events that led to the Persian Gulf War and provide an overview of the war itself. Then we will briefly touch on the war's conclusion and its cease fire concessions.
8. The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy
The War in Afghanistan began in 2001 after the September 11 attacks. United States and NATO coalition forces attacked Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. As of 2014, United States personnel are withdrawing from the country, ending over a decade of fighting.
9. Understanding the Iraq War
The Iraq War lasted from 2003-2011. Thousands of American and Coalition forces died during the conflict, as well as many thousands of Iraqis. The American decision to go to war in Iraq remains controversial today.
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