Post World War II Web Resources

Grolier Online: The War in Brief
This site provides a very detailed introduction to the second World War. The first part of this article provides good information as to why the Germans were one of the main causes of the war. The article also discusses the military course of the war, as well as diplomatic history of the war and the postwar era.

Encyclopedia.com: Germany's Separation
This site from Encyclopedia.com offers information about the situation that Germany was in after World War Two and in the early years of the Cold War. Covers the time when Berlin was separated.

Harry S. Truman Library: The Marshall Plan
This contains information on the notes in the National Security Council concerning the Marshall Plan.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Virginia Museum of Fine Art has a number of strengths including: Art Nouveau, Deco Deco and Arts and Crafts decorative arts, Russian imperial Easter eggs, British sporting art and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, African, Asiatic, ancient American and Mediterranean, and North American, especially post World War II paintings and sculptures. The online offerings include images in each area of the collection, and options for learning more about the artist, the object, and the style. The scale of each artwork is indicated here also.

George Marshall Exhibit Teaching Activities
This is a teaching activites concerning George Marshall and the Marshall Plan.

MSN Encarta Encyclopedia: Newspaper
MSN Encarta provides an extensive overview of newspapers. Content includes a focus on the differrent kinds of newspapers, how a newspaper is produced, the origin of newspapers, the first newspapers, the newspaper in the United states, the global press, and the newspaper industry today.

Museum of Costume, Modern Collection
Very interesting collection of highlights from the Museum of Costume in Bath. The "Modern Collection" starts in 1900 and ends with current fashion. Includes both men's and women's styles.

OECD: Marshall Plan Speech
This site provides the text of George C. Marshall's speech on the Marshall Plan as delivered at Harvard University on June 5th, 1947.

Johnson Security Files: Middle East, 1963-1969
Read about issues and conflicts in Cyprus, Pakistan, Israel, and the Soviet Union, which challenged United States foreign policymakers during the time that Lyndon Johnson was President. This article is an introduction and overview of Johnson's National Security Files that "contain extensive documentation of U.S. efforts" to not only provide aid and but also cease combat in Middle Eastern regions.

Fordham University: "Iron Curtain Speech"
This site from the Modern History Sourcebook which is provided for the the Fordham University gives excerpts from Winston Churchill's famous speech where he coined the term "Iron Curtain."

Cold War: Churchill and the Iron Curtain Speech
This site provides an unbelievable analysis of the Iron Curtain speech given by Winston Churchill. Includes questions for students to answer, primary sources, transcripts of the primary sources, and useful notes that explain the points found in the primary documents. This site is a must for teaching/learning about the Cold War.

CNN: "The Sinews of Peace"
Copy of the famous speech by Winston Churchill where he coined the term "iron curtain."

PBS People's Century: Boomtime
An overview of the post WWII era in America and Europe. Interviews with a priest in Italy describing conditions there and an interview with a woman that moved to the suburbs in America. Compare and contrast these post war experiences. Teacher resources are also available.

LeMO: Germany and Berlin at End of World War II
This site from the Lebendiges Museum Online discusses the dividing of Germany and Berlin into four zones of occupation by the victorious powers of World War II. It also includes maps (although not very legible) of the zoning.

Religion in Post-World War II America
Despite the dire predictions in the 60s as to the future of religion in America, the role of religion in American life has remained strong. Essay describes the 60s and 70s generation as "spiritual seekers" and "New Age seekers." Site also includes discussion on secular humanism and a guide for student discussion.

Encyclopedia.com: Marshall Plan
This is a brief definition of the Marshall Plan, project instituted at the Paris Economic Conference to foster economic recovery in certain European countries after World War II. Site contains links and a bibliography.

The Marshall Plan
This is an indepth look at the Marshall Plan and its benefits to the European nations.

Lib. of Congress: 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan
This site, from the Library of Congress, gives information about key dates of the Marshall Plan,and books about the Marshall Plan.

"Room at the Top"/ The Movement
"Room at the Top" by John Braine is an excellent example of the literature of the Movement. Its hero works his way to the top only to find that he must pay an enormous price for material success. This article discusses the book and the elements that formed the Movement.

Episode 3: Marshall Plan
This looks at the Marshall Plan and gives an overview of it.

"Angry Young Men"/ The Movement/ Bartleby.com
This is a very short description of the period known as "the movement."

Rebuild Europe After World War II
Site summarizes the steps the United States took to help Europe stabilize its economy after World War II.

Marshall Plan Speech
This is the Marshall Plan speech given by George Mrashall in June 1947.

Marshall Plan Interactive Map
This is a map and an explanation of the aid distribution of the Marshall Plan or better known as the European Recovery Program.

The History Guide: The Origins of the Cold War
Detailed lecture discusses how World War II and other events eventually led to the Cold War.