Ch 52: Western Civilization Post-1945

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Use our video lessons to review the major events, culture and technology that have characterized life in Western civilization since 1945. Follow up your viewing of each video with a self-assessment quiz.

Western Civilization Post-1945 - Chapter Summary

Watch video lessons to get familiar with the economic and political reconstruction efforts that took place in Europe after World War II. See a timeline of events that led to the creation of Israel and get a guided tour of the independence movements that took place around the world after 1945. In this chapter, you can also learn about the events of the Cold War and its eventual end that culminated with the fall of the Soviet Union. You'll expand your knowledge of religious and philosophical changes since 1945, scientific and technological developments of the modern era and art and culture post-1945. After watching all the videos in this chapter, you'll be familiar with:

  • Conflicts associated with Israel's creation
  • Taiwan's origins and the Chinese Revolution
  • Early events and causes of the Cold war
  • Timeline of the space race
  • Soviet Union's fall and the descent of the Iron Curtain
  • Social, political and cultural developments after 1945

Our lessons are led by subject experts who bring these historical concepts to life through engaging videos and narration. If you have trouble understanding a topic, you have the option to ask our instructors a question. You'll find lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to round out your study of this topic.

12 Lessons in Chapter 52: Western Civilization Post-1945
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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.

Religion & Philosophy Since 1945

9. 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

10. 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.

Social & Political Developments Since 1945

11. 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

12. 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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