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Western Civilization from 1945-1973
Brush up on important events in western civilization from 1945 to 1973 by working through this chapter. The videos cover subjects including recovery programs and their effects in Europe after WWII, the history of political reconstruction in Europe during this time and the creation of Israel in 1948. You'll also review the history of the Chinese Revolution and the creation of Taiwan. Once you've finished these lessons, you should be prepared to:
- Outline the timeline and history of the space race
- Detail what caused the fall of the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War
- Discuss the end of Apartheid and South Africa in the 1990s
- Explain the causes and early events of the Cold War
- Identify the causes and effects of the United States' involvement in the Korean War
- Define McCarthyism and the effects of the Red Scare
- Describe the effects the Cold War had on everyday life in America
- Point out the conflicts of the Vietnam War
Preparing for an exam is simple when you study the short videos and quizzes in this chapter. Any smartphone, tablet or computer with an Internet connection can be used to review these resources at any time. Our experts are available to answer your questions if you need assistance.
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.
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.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. The End of Apartheid - South Africa in the 1990s
In 1948, South Africa began a system of legal segregation known as apartheid. It took 50 years of protests within South Africa and international pressure to bring the racism to an end.
8. 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.
9. United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects
The Korean War was a short but bloody war with more than five million casualties. Find out what caused this deadly and destructive war, how the United States came to be involved and how the war affected Korea and its allies.
10. McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects
The fear of communism, known as the Red Scare, led to a national witch hunt for suspected communist supporters, which was known as McCarthyism. Learn about the rise of McCarthyism and the Red Scare, the impact of McCarthyism on American society and the legacy of the short-lived fear campaign.
11. The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life
Fear of communism and nuclear annihilation spread throughout the United States during the Cold War. Learn about the effects of the Cold War on everyday life and the determination of Americans to prepare for and combat the communist menace.
12. 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.
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Other chapters within the Praxis World & U.S. History - Content Knowledge (5941): Practice & Study Guide course
- Geographic and Environmental History
- Early Civilizations & The Ancient Near East
- Early River-Valley Civilizations
- Early American Civilizations
- Hellenism, Athens & Ancient Greece
- The Rise & Fall of Rome
- Ancient India & Persia
- Ancient China
- The Development of the Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, & Judeo-Christian Faiths
- The Emergence of Interregional Networks
- The Renaissance & The Age of Exploration
- The Age of Enlightenment & Industrialization
- Martin Luther & The Protestant Reformation in Europe
- North America & the 13 Colonies
- Important Events Leading to the American Revolution
- The American Revolution & The Second Great Awakening
- Building the United States After the American Revolution
- The Virginia Dynasty & Jacksonian America
- Everyday Life in Antebellum America
- Manifest Destiny & the American Civil War
- Reconstruction, Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization
- Progressive Politics & American Imperialism
- Fundamental Overview of World War I
- 1920's America and the Great Depression
- Introduction to World War II
- Post-WWII World Cultures & Politics (1946-1959)
- Important Events in the US (1954-1980)
- Imperialism & International Relations in the 19th & 20th Centuries
- International Organizations in the 20th Century
- Historical Thinking Skills
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