Ch 31: Western Civilization Post-WWII

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In this chapter you'll study the economic and political implications of World War II. You'll review the history and the impact of the recovery programs and look closely at both economic and political reconstruction.

Western Civilization Post-WWII - Chapter Summary

The years leading up to and including WWII were tumultuous, but so were the post-war years. This chapter takes you through an overview of many aspects of life around the world since World War II. These include not only economic and political issues, but also religion and philosophy, and the advances of science, technology, art, and culture since 1945. By the end of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Describe the causes and consequences of genocide in the 20th century
  • Detail a timeline and resulting conflicts of the creation of Israel in 1948
  • Compare post-WWII independence movements around the world
  • Discuss the Chinese revolution and the creation of Taiwan
  • Give an overview of the Middle East from 1945-present
  • Explain conflicts in the Middle East since WWII
  • Describe social and political developments since 1945

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12 Lessons in Chapter 31: Western Civilization Post-WWII
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Genocide in the 20th Century: Causes & Consequences

1. Genocide in the 20th Century: Causes & Consequences

Genocides in the 20th century were caused by the scapegoating of particular groups by political leaders during times of war and revolution. During the 20th century, genocide was declared illegal because of both the harm it causes to the persecuted groups and the world as a whole.

Economic Reconstruction in Europe After WWII: Recovery Programs & Their Effect

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Overview of the Middle East: 1945-Present

7. 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.

Conflicts in the Middle East Since World War II

8. Conflicts in the Middle East Since World War II

No other world region has been as gripped with conflict as the Middle East since World War II. This lesson explores many of those conflicts, while providing background on underlying causes.

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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