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Western Civilization After WWII - Chapter Summary
Western civilization changed dramatically in the decades that followed the Second World War. In this chapter, our expert history instructors highlight some of the most significant changes that arose in the aftermath of WWII, such as the political reconstruction of Europe, the Chinese Revolution and the Cold War. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe the impact of Europe's political reconstruction following WWII
- Identify the causes of Cold War conflicts, the Soviet Union's fall and the conclusion of the Cold War
- Recognize significant independence movements from the post-WWII era
- Summarize the history of the Chinese Revolution and the creation of Taiwan
- Outline changes that occurred in Africa following WWII
After each lesson, you'll have the opportunity to take a short quiz that helps you check your understanding of the material. Using your desktop, laptop or mobile device, it's possible to study whenever you wish. You can also print the lesson transcripts if you'd like to study offline. Finally, we've included a convenient Ask the Expert feature that you can use if you have any questions about these historical topics.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
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.
6. Changes in Africa After World War II
In this lesson, we will examine changes in Africa following World War II. We will discover what factors led to decolonization in the wake of World War II, and we will highlight the central themes surrounding African independence movements.
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