In this lesson, our instructor Elizabeth Turro gives an introduction on the end of the Cold War and a global society. She talks about the election of 1988, the uprisings in China and Eastern Europe, the 1989, the breakup of the USSR, the CIS, other foreign policy issues, domestic issues under Bush, the changing economy, the European Union, the Nike factory in China, productivity, family Income, and wages from 1973 to 2004. She also explains imports and exports, Bill Clinton, the new democrat, Clinton's second term, the technological revolutions, the percentage of Americans Using internet, the annual federal budget deficit or surplus from 1940 to 2005 and the election of 2000. The other key points she mentioned are George W. Bush's presidency, the 9/11, Bush, economic issues, the 2008 election, how Barack Obama wins in 2008, the remaking America and the new immigrants.
In 1989, there were numerous uprisings in Europe, such as the Solidarity movement in Poland and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia and the Tiananmen Square uprising in China
The Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the USSR dissolved on December 25, 1991, & Yugoslavia disintegrated in 1991 and a civil war broke out in Bosnia & Herzegovina in 1992
Persian Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm--US-led attack that began on January 16, 1991 after Iraq invaded oil-rich Kuwait
Americans shocked to learn that the gov bailed out weak savings & loan (S & L) institutions that would cost taxpayers more than $250 billion & meanwhile there was a huge deficit
Globalization in the 1990s: the process by which national economies, politics, cultures, & societies become integrated with those of other nations around the world
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created a free-trade zone covering all of North America
During Bill Clinton’s first term he made an effort to enact national health care failed in 1994, leaving 15 percent of Americans without health coverage; by 1998, balanced federal budget achieved with reduction in the federal debt.
Vice President Al Gore won 50.9 million votes to Bush’s 50.4 million; George W. Bush held electoral college, 271 to 267 but Bush ended up winning presidency
September 11, 2001: terrorist attacks on NYC’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a plane crashed in PA
Bush proclaimed a “war on terror”; U.S. began military campaign against bin Laden’s forces in Afghanistan; war in Iraq was unpopular in 2006-2007
Post-9/11 Bush increased the power of domestic surveillance with the USA PATRIOT Act
In 2008, Campaign of Barack Hussein Obama against Senator John McCain (R-AZ) took place amidst the Bush administration’s efforts to “bail out” the financial industry. Barack Obama wins the 2008 election.
The End of the Cold War and a Global Society
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.