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Ch 34: Western Civilization 1945-Present

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You can use the lessons in this chapter to boot your knowledge of western civilization from 1945 to the present. These lessons include information about European reconstruction after WWII, the creation of Israel in 1948, the Chinese Revolution, Cold War conflicts, and more.

Western Civilization 1945-Present - Chapter Summary

This chapter presents information on western civilization from 1945 to the present through brief video and text lessons. You can refresh your knowledge of the recovery programs of economic reconstruction in Europe and their effects after WWII, the creation of Taiwan, the Chinese Revolution, and conflicts during the Cold War. These lessons also include an overview of important changes in art, culture, science, and technology since 1945. Once you have completed these engaging lessons, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the impact of political reconstruction in Europe after WWII
  • Create a timeline of the establishment of Israel in 1948 and the resulting conflicts
  • Give examples of post-WWII independence movements throughout the world
  • Define the Space Race and tell about its history
  • List causes of the fall of the Soviet Union and end of the Cold War
  • Explain religion and philosophy since 1945
  • Discuss the rise of the global economy and the information revolution
  • Demonstrate understanding of social and political developments since 1945

The convenience and flexibility of this review give you the opportunity to study on a variety of devices and at your own pace. The lessons are brief yet packed with essential information, and you can check your knowledge at the end of each lesson with the lesson quizzes. Your personalized Dashboard will be useful for keeping track of your progress and helping you stay organized. Subject-matter experts can be consulted whenever you need clarification on any of the information in this chapter.

14 Lessons in Chapter 34: Western Civilization 1945-Present
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Economic Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: Recovery Programs & Their Effect

1. 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

2. 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 Creation of Israel in 1948: Timeline & Resulting Conflicts

3. The Creation of Israel in 1948: Timeline & Resulting Conflicts

In this lesson, we explore the movements and political developments that led to the creation of the state of Israel and the subsequent backlash from the Arab world.

Post-WWII Independence Movements Around the World: History & Examples

4. Post-WWII Independence Movements Around the World: History & Examples

In this lesson, we explore the diverse and varied experience of decolonization in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa after World War II when Western Europe began to withdraw its claims to far away territory and colonies.

The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

5. 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.

Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

6. 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.

The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

7. The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the 20th century's space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, where both superpowers competed to be the first in space and the first to reach the moon.

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

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.

Overview of the Middle East: 1945-Present

9. Overview of the Middle East: 1945-Present

The Middle East has undergone considerable changes since 1945. From 'mandate' territories to areas of great geopolitical interest, few aspects of modern life are untouched by the events of this region.

Religion & Philosophy Since 1945

10. Religion & Philosophy Since 1945

In this lesson, we explore some of the major developments in the world of ideas since the end of World War II, from the increased public engagement of professional philosophy and Catholicism to the growth of Islam.

The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

11. The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

In this lesson, we explore just a few of the numerous advances and innovations made in the worlds of sciences and technology, from automobiles and televisions to computers and phones that can fit in the palm of your hand.

The Information Revolution & The Rise of the Global Economy

12. The Information Revolution & The Rise of the Global Economy

This lesson will focus on how the information revolution's technological advances allow businesses around the world to work together. Examine how and why this has led to big changes in the global economy.

Social & Political Developments Since 1945

13. Social & Political Developments Since 1945

In this lesson, we examine several social and political developments in the United States and in Western Europe since 1945, from the civil rights movement to the creation of the European Union.

Art & Culture Since 1945: Types & Artists

14. Art & Culture Since 1945: Types & Artists

In this lesson, we explore the art and culture of post-World War II Western society, from the fledgling television programming to the disparate directions of 20th-century art.

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