Lech Walesa – the leader of Polish shipyard workers who organized an independent labor union that called for political and economic changes; later elected president of Poland Lech Walesa


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Lech Walesa the leader of Polish shipyard workers who organized an independent labor union that called for political and economic changes; later elected president of Poland

  • Lech Walesa the leader of Polish shipyard workers who organized an independent labor union that called for political and economic changes; later elected president of Poland

  • Solidarity an independent labor union in Poland

  • Václav Havel a dissident writer and human rights activist who was elected president of Czechoslovakia in 1989

  • Nicolae Ceausescu Romania’s longtime dictator, who refused to step down and was executed















After the Mujahedin defeated the Soviets a group called the Taliban (religious student) came to power after civil war in Afghanistan.

  • After the Mujahedin defeated the Soviets a group called the Taliban (religious student) came to power after civil war in Afghanistan.

  • This was an extreme group who ruled Afghanistan with an iron fist from 1996-2001.

  • Enforced strict Islamic law and took away all rights of women

  • Used public executions and punishments

  • Supported terrorist groups like Al Qaeda

  • This government was toppled in 2001 by the US military in response to 911

  • The US military is still in Afghanistan fighting to make the country stable and get rid of Taliban insurgents

  • http://www.infoplease.com/spot/taliban.html



U.S. feared Iranians would turn to the Soviets for support during the 1950’s

  • U.S. feared Iranians would turn to the Soviets for support during the 1950’s

  • U.S. supported the Shah (leader) and helped modernize the country

  • Religious leaders hated the Shah and U.S. support



In 1951, the prime minister of Iran nationalized the oil fields (took them away from private companies – mostly British – and made them be owned by the government)

  • In 1951, the prime minister of Iran nationalized the oil fields (took them away from private companies – mostly British – and made them be owned by the government)

  • The U.S. began sending millions of dollars to anti-government supporters

  • the U.S. orchestrated the return to power of the pro-U.S. Shah of Iran in 1953

    • He returned control of oil fields to private companies




Religious leaders hated the Shah and U.S. support

  • Religious leaders hated the Shah and U.S. support

  • Riots erupted and the Shah left

  • Ayatollah Khomeini took over in 1979.

  • Khomeini enforced anti U.S. policies and strict religious law in Iran

  • Islamists seized the US embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage for over a year.

  • The movie ARGO tells one part of the story with the hostage crisis in 1979.

  • This is the start of an uneasy relationship between the US and Iran that still exists today.







Both the Soviets and the US engaged in other countries’ affairs to influence their systems of government and ways of life

  • Both the Soviets and the US engaged in other countries’ affairs to influence their systems of government and ways of life

  • Soviets-Afghanistan, China, Cuba, places in Africa and others in Latin America

  • US-China, Korea, Vietnam, Latin America, Iran, Afghanistan and others

  • The CIA began attempts to weaken or overthrow governments unfriendly to the U.S. using covert (secret) actions in many places.



Engaged in too many places and conflicts world wide

  • Engaged in too many places and conflicts world wide

  • The US continued to beef up its military and it threatened the Soviets

  • Example-President Reagan and his SDI “Star Wars” missile defense program

  • The Soviets could not financially afford to compete with the US in militarism

  • The citizens suffered tremendously and lacked goods in the USSR.



















The Soviet Union could not keep control of all of their satellite nations

  • The Soviet Union could not keep control of all of their satellite nations

  • Lack of resources due to the arms race during the cold war caused shortages amongst citizens

  • Angry citizens = revolts that the Soviets ultimately could not control

  • Later Soviet leader introduced citizens to small freedoms and it left the people only wanting more

  • The Soviets lacked the money to continue to compete with the US in an arms race

  • The Soviet Union officially collapsed.

  • Russia goes back to its traditional borders and 15 satellite nations gained independence.

  • Communism failed



Each team will be given 43 concepts relating to the Cold War

  • Each team will be given 43 concepts relating to the Cold War

  • Determine whether each one belongs on the SOVIET side or US side. 3 or 4 of them go under the BOTH category

  • Break up your team into groups of 2-3 and give everyone 10-12 cards

  • Then bring them all together under Soviet or US

  • Team with the most correct will win!!!!



We will be studying regions in the world and their current development since WWII.

  • We will be studying regions in the world and their current development since WWII.

  • Pick a country/region from the list below:

  • Middle East-Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan

  • Latin America-Mexico, Central American Country or South America

  • Africa-Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan

  • India

  • China

  • Southeast Asia-Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines



After you pick a country-read about that country in the book

  • After you pick a country-read about that country in the book

  • Find a current issue/event and summarize it in power point form

  • Research 5 things about common culture in your region/ country

  • Research a dish or food that would be common in your country and bring it in.




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