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World War II & the Cold War - Chapter Summary
What were the causes of World War II? How did the war influence American culture in the 1940s and 50s? What was the Cold War? There are some of the main topics that are covered in these video and text lessons.
You can also study events both during and post-war, and go over details about the cultural repercussions of both of these events. Once you have finished with this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Summarize the causes, effects and major figures of World War II
- Provide examples of worldwide independence movements following WWII
- Describe the impact of WWII on American and European culture and society
- Discuss the counter-culture of America following WWII
- Define the causes, events and effects of the Cold War
- Identify institutions and treaties established in post-Cold War Europe
Brief lessons take only 5-10 minutes to review and you can also choose to print lesson transcripts to create quick reference materials. You will find the 24/7 accessibility of these lessons convenient for your busy schedule. Track your progress through the chapter on your Dashboard and use short quizzes to determine how much you have retained from each lesson.
1. World War II: Summary, Effects & Participants
In this lesson we will learn about World War II. We will examine the causes, leading figures involved, and the major themes and developments associated with mankind's most horrible conflict.
2. 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.
3. How World War II Impacted American & European Society
In this lesson, you'll learn about the impact World War II on American and European society. We'll explore the notable social changes and trends brought about by the war.
4. Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s
In this lesson, we will explore American postwar culture. We will learn what life was like throughout the late 1940s and the 1950s by highlighting important cultural trends.
5. The Counter-Culture of Post-War America
In this lesson we will explore the counter-culture of the postwar era. We will examine the groups and individuals who defied the conventions of mainstream society.
6. Interstate Highway Act of 1956: Definition & Overview
The Interstate Highway System is one of America's most storied accomplishments, and it all began with the Interstate Highway Act of 1956. In this lesson, discover this law's history and its importance to the infrastructure of the United States.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Post-Cold War European Cooperation: Institutions & Treaties
In this lesson, we explore the increasing cooperation between European states during the Cold War years and beyond, from a six-nation agreement concerning coal and steel to a far-reaching agreement binding most of Europe.
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