Summary - The World after World War II
The devastated economy of Western Europe in the aftermath of Second World War and the emergence of bi-polar world with US and USSR emerging as super powers are explained.
Strategies of the competing super powers to establish hegemony through measures of economic aid and military pacts are discussed.
Marshall Plan of the US and the USSR’s Moltov Plan as a response, the formation of NATO and signing of Warsaw Pact by Soviet Union with its satellite countries to counteract the former’s offensive are highlighted.
The Third World countries and their non-alignment movement are detailed.
UNO and its role in resolving global disputes with focus on Korean War, Suez Crisis, Arab-Israeli Wars are dealt with.
Evolution of European unity culminating in the establishment of European Economic Community that transformed into European Union is traced.
The end of the Cold War with the collapse of Soviet Union is analysed.