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WEST History: Russia & the Cold War - Chapter Summary
In these lessons, you will review the Cold War years from the beginning of hostilities between the United States and the Soviet Union until the latter collapsed in the 1980s. The information contained in our video lessons provides a well-rounded refresher course that will afford you excellent preparation for the WEST History test. The lessons cover the following topics:
- Causes, definition and events of the Cold War
- U.S. vs. USSR
- Cold War Conflicts
- Collapse of the Communist BLOC, Warsaw Pact
- Nuclear arms race and Cold War politics
- The Brezhnev Doctrine
- Gorbachev, glasnost and perestroika
- Fall of the Soviet Union
By reviewing these short but informative videos and reinforcing your knowledge using the self-assessment quizzes and transcripts, you can refresh and expand your understanding of the Cold War years. A timeline feature allows you to replay part of a lesson without having to start from the beginning, and our subject matter experts can provide you with any other help that you may require.
WEST History: Russia & the Cold War Chapter Objectives
The purpose of the WEST History test is to evaluate your understanding of world history, U.S. history, and social studies skills and concepts as part of the requirements for a history teaching endorsement or teacher certification. The Russia & the Cold War chapter aligns with the World History domain, specifically the post-WWII years. This domain, in its entirety, constitutes about 36% of the WEST History test.
Altogether, the WEST History test consists of 110 questions. The test is computer-based and all of the questions are multiple-choice. You are given a short passage to read and a list of possible responses, from which you must choose the one that best answers the question.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. The Collapse of the Communist BLOC and the Warsaw Pact
In this lesson, we explore the fall and breakup of the Warsaw Pact and Eastern Bloc of communist countries allied with, and client states of, the Soviet Union from after World War II until the late 1980s and early 1990s.
5. The Effects of the Nuclear Arms Race on Cold War Politics
In this lesson, we will examine the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union that took place throughout the post-war era. We will learn why this arms race took place, and we will highlight key developments associated with it.
6. The Brezhnev Doctrine's Influence on Eastern Europe
In this lesson, we explore the Soviet Union's grip on Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century and the Brezhnev Doctrine, which dictated its actions in several countries.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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