Saturday, April 11, 2015

Chapter 30/31 Part V

Read "Decolonization" (chapter 30) and refresh on civil war in Yugoslavia (pp. 1047-1050)


Why did European colonial empires begin to disintegrate after World War II?

Contrast the decolonization efforts in Asia (India and Vietnam) with Africa (Egypt, Algeria, Sub- Saharan Africa).

What caused the conflicts in Yugoslavia in the 1990s?

What are some lingering problems in Western Europe after the Cold War?


Friday, April 10, 2015

Chapter 30/31 Part IV


Why did Gorbachev introduce reforms to the Soviet Union?  To what extent were Perestroika, Glasnost, and Democratization successful?

What causes the revolutions of Eastern European countries in 1989?  Why do they happen so quickly?

Why does the USSR dissolve in 1991?  What continuing troubles face Europe afterwards?  What does the entrance of these countries into NATO and the EU signify?


Chapter 30 Part III


How did Brezhnev's policies differ from Khrushchev's?

How did Willy Brandt seek to improve relationships with the East?

What was detente, and how was it accomplished through the SALT I treaty and the Helsinki Accords?

How does the treatment of the Solidarity movement in Poland show Brezhnev's hard line approach towards liberalization in the Eastern bloc?

How did leaders like Reagan, Thatcher, and Kohl approach the Soviet Union in the early 1980s?


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chapter 30 Part II


In what ways does Soviet rule become more harsh immediately after WWII?  How does this change under Khrushchev?

Compare and contrast how Poland and Hungary experience de-Stalinization.

How does the US's relationship with the USSR improve in the 1950s?

In what ways does this relationship deteriorate yet again in the early 60s?  Why is Khrushchev removed from power?


Chapter 30 Part I


In what ways did the conferences during WWII contribute to Cold War tensions?

What allied policies during both WWI and WWII cause the USSR not to trust them?

Why did the partition of Germany cause tension?

How did the policy of containment pan out with respect to China and Korea?

Explain how the shift towards more nuclear technology also fueled Cold War tensions.