World Since 1945

International relations in post-WW2 were strained at best. Many countries were slowly swallowed by the USSR while others banded together for protection against the "Red Menace." This period marked the creation of the largest defensive alliances the world had ever seen. In addition, it also marked significant sociological and economic changes that are still around today.


Truman Doctrine Marshall Plan Containment Berlin Blockade Berlin Wall
Sputnik Detente Hungarian uprising "Prague Spring" France's Fifth Republic
Suez Crisis European Economic System Perestroika Glasnonst Solidarity
Czech Republic OPEC Supply Side Economics Irish Republican Army Postmodernism
Existentialism New World Order Helsinki Accords The Euro Y2K




Khruschev Yeltsin Pope John Paul II Jean Paul Sartre Simone de Beauvoir
Mahatma Gandhi Gorbachev      


  1. Describe the start of the Cold War. Who was most responsible for starting it?
  2. Describe the overall European political atmosphere at the end of WWII. How did it seem to change?
  3. What caused the lessening of tensions between the US and USSR during the 1960s and 70s?
  4. Describe the revolts that took place in the Soviet satellite states in the 1950s and 60s. Which ones were successful? Which ones were not successful?
  5. How did Khruschev differ from Stalin? How did Yeltsin differ from both of them?
  6. Describe the fall of the Soviet Union. What role did Yeltsin play? What about Gorbechev?
  7. Explain the creation of the IRA. What were the primarily reacting to?
  8. How did postmodernism reflect the tensions that existed in European society?
  9. How did supply side economics differ from Keynesian economics?
  10. Why was containment unsuccessful?


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