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World Since 1945, The: A Brief History, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Daniel R. Brower

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Sep 15, 2004

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For quarter-/semester-long advanced courses in Contemporary World History.

This brief text stresses the profound global transformation that has occurred since 1945 as a result of the collapse of the remaining great colonial empires, and the emergence of nation-states throughout the world. Its thematic emphasis makes clear as well the importance of the Cold War in influencing the process by which these nation-states sought to create new ideals and new institutions—to insure order and justice within their boundaries, and find places within the international community. The book also links the new nation-states in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, with the ethnic conflicts, local wars, and terrorist movements that became increasingly prevalent toward the end of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Dates Worth Remembering, and Recommended Reading.)


1. Toward the Second Twentieth Century: The Second World War.

           The Empires of Germany and Japan.

           The Alliance Against the Axis.

           The Fall of the German and Japanese Empires.

           HIGHLIGHT: Internationalism.

           SPOTLIGHT: John Maynard Keynes.


2. The Cold War and the End of Western Empires, 1945-1950.

Postwar Europe.

HIGHLIGHT: Containment and Anti-Communism.

The Cold War in the West.

SPOTLIGHT: Eleni Gatzoyiannis.

The Cold War in Asia.

3. Recovery in East Revolutions and Asia, 1950-1990.

Communist China.

SPOTLIGHT: The Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

HIGHLIGHT: Revolution and Command Economies.

War and Revolution in Indochina.

Japan’s Recovery from Defect.


4. New Nations in South Asia.

The New Island Republics.


Independence for India and Pakistan.

HIGHLIGHT: New Nations and Ethnic Strife.

India and Pakistan as Nation-States.

5. Africa and Latin America in the Third World.

Africa’s Liberation from Colonialism.

SPOTLIGHT: Nelson Mandela.

Latin America in the Cold War.

HIGHLIGHT: The Third World.

            Democracy in Latin America.

6. Nations at War in the Middle East.

Israel and the Middle East.

SPOTLIGHT: Golda Meir.

Nation-Building and Petroleum.

War, Peace, and Islam.

HIGHLIGHT: Islam and Nation-States.

7. The Cold War and the Fall of the Soviet Empire, 1953-1991.

European Nations and European Union.

The Soviet Union and the Cold War.

HIGHLIGHT: The Cold War in Outer Space.

The Fall of the Soviet Empire.

SPOTLIGHT: Andrei Sakharov.

8. Local Wars, Global Economy: The World after The Cold War.

The Emergence of the Global Economy.

HIGHLIGHT: The Global Environment.

Local Wars and Peacekeeping.

Terrorism and Local Wars.

SPOTLIGHT: Osama bin Laden

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