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Ch 19: Virginia SOL - World History & Geography 1500-Present: 20th Century Figures

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You will need to have a solid understanding of some significant 20th Century figures in order to do well on the Virginia SOL Exam on World History & Geography from 1500 to the present. You can use the lessons in this chapter to study information you'll need to know.

Virginia SOL World History & Geography 1500-Present: 20th Century Figures- Chapter Summary

You can learn about some of the most important figures of the 20th Century and their achievements by going through the lessons contained within this chapter. The specific figures discussed here are ones you'll need to know about if you want to excel at the Virginia SOL Exam on World History & Geography from 1500 to the present. The figures and topics you'll learn about in the lessons are:

  • Indira Gandhi
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Reaganomics in the 1980s
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Gorbachev's policies
  • Deng Xiaoping

Once you think you have a good understanding of these topics, you can test yourself by going over the practice quiz questions. After you complete the chapter, you'll have a much better idea of what to expect on the actual Virginia SOL Exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 19: Virginia SOL - World History & Geography 1500-Present: 20th Century Figures
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Indira Gandhi: Biography, Facts & Assassination

1. Indira Gandhi: Biography, Facts & Assassination

Indira Gandhi, the first woman to hold the office of Prime Minister in India, was one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. This lesson will explore her early life, political experiences and untimely death.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain

2. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Influence and Impact on Great Britain

In this lesson, we explore the life and political career of Great Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. A staunch conservative, her controversial policies guided Britain through one of its toughest economic times.

Reaganomics, Thatcherism & 1980s Economics

3. Reaganomics, Thatcherism & 1980s Economics

In 1979, Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher came to power in the U.K., introducing economic 'Thatcherism' to solve her nation's financial problems. Then, in 1981, Republican President Ronald Reagan and his 'Reaganomics' took power in the U.S.

Mikhail Gorbachev: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

4. Mikhail Gorbachev: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

Nobel Peace Prize winner for his assistance in the breakup of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Mikhail Gorbachev was the first President of the Soviet Union from 1990-1991.

Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika: Explanation and Significance

5. Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika: Explanation and Significance

In this lesson, we will examine Mikhail Gorbachev's reform policies of glasnost and perestroika. We will learn what led to these developments and see how they impacted the Soviet Union.

Deng Xiaoping: Biography & Policies

6. Deng Xiaoping: Biography & Policies

China is both the world's leading communist nation, and one of the world's most active international economies. How can it be both? In this lesson we'll explore the life and policies of Deng Xiaoping and see how compromises changed China.

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