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Below is a breakdown of the Western Civilization since 1945 chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Economic reconstruction in Europe after WWII;|
Political reconstruction in Europe;
| The Marshall Plan and gold-dollar standard;|
Democratic political institution development in Britain, France and Germany;
Modern nation of Israel creation and conflicts with neighbors
|Tuesday|| Global independence movements after WWII;|
The Chinese Revolution and Taiwan's creation;
Cold War causes
| Independence movements in former colonies;|
Mao Zedong's Communist victory and the end of China's civil war;
Communist and non-Communist blocs and the fight over territory
|Wednesday|| Cold War conflicts;|
The space race;
Fall of the Soviet Union and Cold War's end
| Domino Theory, Brezhnev Doctrine, Vietnam War, Korean War and the Soviet-Afghan War;|
U.S. and Soviet competition for outer space;
Declining power of the Soviet Union and Gorbachev's policies on reform
|Thursday|| Descent of the iron curtain;|
Religion and philosophy since 1945;
Advancements in science and technology
| Soviet-bloc nations' characteristics;|
Islam, existentialism, post-modernism and the Second Vatican Council;
Communication and transportation developments, micro science and computers
|Friday|| Social and political developments since 1945;|
Art and culture in the modern era
| Activist movements by students and women's liberation supporters, European Union creation, changes in population and environmental concerns;|
Western cultural changes in television, movies, leisure activities and music
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. 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. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain
In this lesson, we will learn about some of the dynamic events that followed World War II in Eastern Europe. We will explore the descent of the Iron Curtain, and learn about the formation of the Eastern Bloc states.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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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