Category: Political Change and Unresolved Issues (1970s – Present)

Lesson #15
• US Imperialism in Latin America (Cold War)
• The Cuban Revolution / Fidel Castro
• Islam / The Hajj
• The Iranian Revolution / Iranian Hostage Crisis
• The Iran-Contra Affair

Lesson #16:
• Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan / Current Issues
• The Chernobyl Disaster
• The End of the Cold War / End of the USSR
• China After Mao / Tiananmen Square
Asia / Middle East Map Quiz

Lesson #17:
• Buddhism
• South African Apartheid Society
• The Anti-Apartheid Society / Steve Biko
• Nelson Mandela

Political change occurs when the rulers in a country lose power or the type of governance in the country changes. Governance is the type of system used to rule a country. Examples of types of governance would be democracy and monarchy.

This is a normal function of internal and external politics. Rulers will be voted out, retire, or die while in power, and the new leader will make changes. The more powerful countries will anticipate political change and make the process clear and smooth. Countries that appear more prone to in-fighting and/or civil wars are likely led by a person or group that refuses to allow political change or lacks a clear understand of how political change is to occur. The word unresolved is used for a situation that lacks a resolution, or ending.