Ch 27: Western Civilization from 1945-1973

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Review western civilization from 1945 to 1973 using this entertaining chapter as your guide. The short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes are designed to help you study for an important exam or finish a tough homework assignment.

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.

12 Lessons in Chapter 27: Western Civilization from 1945-1973
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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.

The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

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.

The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

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.

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

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.

The End of Apartheid - South Africa in the 1990s

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.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

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.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

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.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

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.

The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life

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.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

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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