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The End of the Cold War and a Global Society

  • 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

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  1. Intro
    • Overview
      • Election of 1988
      • Uprisings in China and Eastern Europe
      • 1989
        • Breakup of the USSR
        • CIS
          • Other Foreign Policy Issues
          • Domestic Issues Under Bush
          • The Changing Economy
          • European Union
            • Nike Factory in China
              • Productivity, Family Income, and Wages 1973-2004
                • Imports and Exports
                  • Bill Clinton
                  • New Democrat
                    • Clinton's Second Term
                    • Technological Revolutions
                    • Percentage of Americans Using Internet
                      • The Annual Federal Budget Deficit (or Surplus), 1940-2005
                        • Election of 2000
                        • George W. Bush's Presidency
                        • 9/11
                          • Bush
                          • Economic Issues and 2008 Election
                          • Barack Obama Wins in 2008
                            • Remaking America
                            • New Immigrants
                              • Example 1
                                • Example 2
                                  • Example 3
                                    • Intro 0:00
                                    • Overview 0:06
                                    • Election of 1988 1:40
                                      • George H.W. Bush
                                      • Jesse Jackson
                                      • New World Order
                                    • Uprisings in China and Eastern Europe 3:16
                                      • Beijing's Tiananmen Square
                                      • Anticommunist Movement in 1989
                                      • Solidarity Movement
                                      • Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia
                                    • 1989 5:40
                                    • Breakup of the USSR 6:35
                                      • Commonwealth of Independent States
                                      • Boris Yeltsin
                                      • Yugoslavia Disintegrated
                                    • CIS 8:02
                                    • Other Foreign Policy Issues 9:16
                                      • Invasion of Panama
                                      • Persian Gulf War
                                      • Operation Desert Storm
                                      • Vietnam Syndrome
                                    • Domestic Issues Under Bush 12:49
                                      • Budget Deficits
                                      • No New taxes
                                      • A Kinder Gentler America
                                    • The Changing Economy 15:12
                                      • Globalization
                                      • Multinational Corporations
                                      • North American Free Trade Agreement
                                      • The Rise of the European Union
                                    • European Union 20:58
                                    • Nike Factory in China 21:51
                                    • Productivity, Family Income, and Wages 1973-2004 22:37
                                    • Imports and Exports 24:00
                                    • Bill Clinton 24:45
                                      • The Election of 1992
                                      • National Health Care
                                      • Avoiding Expensive Social-Welfare Proposals
                                      • Aid to Families with Dependent Children
                                    • New Democrat 28:05
                                    • Clinton's Second Term 28:17
                                      • Foreign Policy Challenges
                                      • NATO Intervened
                                      • Air Strikes Against Al Qaeda
                                    • Technological Revolutions 31:12
                                      • Digitization
                                      • World Wide Web
                                      • Internet
                                    • Percentage of Americans Using Internet 33:06
                                    • The Annual Federal Budget Deficit (or Surplus), 1940-2005 33:20
                                    • Election of 2000 34:32
                                      • Vice President Al Gore
                                      • Florida
                                    • George W. Bush's Presidency 36:00
                                      • Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act of 2001
                                      • Federal Expenditures
                                      • War on Terror
                                    • 9/11 38:50
                                    • Bush 39:30
                                      • USA Patriot Act
                                      • An Axis of Evil
                                      • Iraq
                                      • John Kerry
                                      • New Orleans
                                    • Economic Issues and 2008 Election 46:30
                                      • Significant Decline
                                      • Emergency Economic Stabilization Act
                                    • Barack Obama Wins in 2008 49:17
                                    • Remaking America 51:07
                                      • Economic Stimulus Package
                                      • Regulate Wall Street
                                      • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
                                      • Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell Policy
                                      • Elena Kagan
                                    • New Immigrants 55:31
                                    • Example 1 57:27
                                    • Example 2 1:00:08
                                    • Example 3 1:04:35