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This is my 29th World History offering and the 6th in my Unit 6 (1900-Present.) This PPT starts off with the Superpowers facing off after the end of WWII. I cover the creation of the UN, the Iron Curtain, the policies of Containment and the Truman Doctrine. I examine events such as the Berlin Airlift, NATO and the Warsaw Pact and the Berlin Wall. I end this first section on Brinkmanship and the Space Race. *THIS PPT HAS AN EPISODE OF WHERE IN TIME IS CARMEN SAN DIEGO. This episode follows Yuri Gagarin at the beginning of the Space Race and explains not just the politics of it, but gets into the technology used.* The next section really focuses on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. I start off with Stalin's rule and reign and move into his death and the destalinization process that took place under Khrushchev. I then move into the Easter European satellite nations and how some mimicked Stalin and the Soviet Union's example, while others (Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia) took a different approach and how the Soviet Union dealt with them.
The next section covers the Western Europe and North America. It's a comparison between Eastern Europe and Western Europe and focuses specifically on France, West Germany, Great Britain, U.S. and Canada and compare culture and economics from the development of the Welfare State to the EEC to protests and how the government's handled opposition. My fourth section really focuses on China. I review the Chinese civil war and the victory of Mao and then move into the separation of Taiwan and the People's Republic of China, the "Great Leap Forward," the Read Guards and end on the Cultural Revolution. My next section discusses wars in Korea and in Vietnam. I cover the basics of the wars and end this section of the Khmer Rogue and Pol Pot's genocide. My next section pans out and examines how the Cold War divided the world. I cover Cuba from the revolution and Bay of Pigs to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil war in Nicaragua and move into the Middle East focusing on Iran and Afghanistan. *I include a clip from the opening of ARGO which explains the brief history of Persia, into Iran and how the Shah was seen and ultimately what pushed protesters to take Americans hostages.* *I also included a 3 minute video that BRIEFLY explains the Iran-Iraq War.* My final section focuses on the Cold War thawing. From Brezhnev, detente replacing brinkmanship, SALT I, Helsinki Accords and SALT II. I end on the Presidency of Gorbachev and his economic and political changes. I DO NOT DISCUSS THE END OF THE COLD WAR, but rather focus on the Cold War itself - the end of the cold war is in another PPT.