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World History (1930 to Present) - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll find a collection of lessons covering world history from 1930 to the present. Watch videos on the Great Depression around the world, the causes of WWII, political reconstruction in Europe after the war and the reasons for conflict during the Cold War. These lessons are designed to assist you in doing the following:
- Provide a timeline for the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union
- Give examples of independence movements around the world post-WWII
- Detail the history of the creation of Taiwan and the Chinese Revolution
- Outline changes in Africa after WWII
- Identify political and social developments since 1945
- Discuss the notable artists in art and culture since 1945
- Describe philosophy and religion since 1945
- Explain the impact of science and technology advancements since 1945
If you have any questions as you work through this chapter, access the Dashboard and contact with one of our experts for help. The lesson quizzes and chapter test are a handy way to assess your knowledge before you sit for an exam. Quickly go back and review just one part of a video lesson using the video tabs feature found in the Timeline.
1. The Great Depression Around the World: Causes, Impact & Responses
What triggered the Great Depression throughout the globe? In this lesson, you'll learn how the world's biggest financial crisis spread from the United States to other industrialized nations and how they responded to it.
2. Occupations, Agreements & Appeasement: Causes of the Second World War
In this lesson, we will learn about the events leading up to the Second World War. We will focus on the occupations, agreements, and appeasements that preceded Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Changes in Africa After World War II
In this lesson, we will examine changes in Africa following World War II. We will discover what factors led to decolonization in the wake of World War II, and we will highlight the central themes surrounding African independence movements.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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.
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