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The Contemporary Western World 1970-present Quizlet BEST

The Contemporary Western World 1970-present Quizlet


Since 1960 Asia, the largest and most populous of the continents, has become richer faster than any other region of the world. Of course, this growth has not occurred at the same pace all over the continent. The western part of Asia grew during this period at about the same rate as the rest of the world, but, as a whole, the eastern half (ten countries: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan Province of China, and Thailand) turned in a superior performance, although variations in achievement can be observed here too. The worst performer was the Philippines, which grew at about 2 percent a year (in per capita terms), about equal to the average of non-Asian countries. China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand did better, achieving growth rates of 3-5 percent. This impressive achievement is, however, still modest compared with the phenomenal growth of Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan Province of China, known as the "Four Tigers" because of their powerful and intimidating economic performance. The Tigers have had annual growth rates of output per person well in excess of 6 percent. These growth rates, sustained over a 30-year period, are simply amazing. While the average resident of a non-Asian country in 1990 was 72 percent richer than his parents were in 1960, the corresponding figure for the average Korean is no less than 638 percent.

The year 1979 was a turning point in international terrorism. Throughout theArab world and the West, the Iranian Islamic revolution sparked fears of a waveof revolutionary Shia Islam. Meanwhile, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan andthe subsequent anti-Soviet mujahedeen war, lasting from 1979 to 1989,stimulated the rise and expansion of terrorist groups. Indeed, the growth of apost-jihad pool of well-trained, battle-hardened militants is a key trend incontemporary international terrorism and insurgency-related violence.Volunteers from various parts of the Islamic world fought in Afghanistan,supported by conservative countries such as Saudi Arabia. In Yemen, forinstance, the Riyadh-backed Islamic Front was established to provide financial,logistical, and training support for Yemeni volunteers. So called"Arab-Afghans" have -- and are -- using their experience to support localinsurgencies in North Africa, Kashmir, Chechnya, China, Bosnia, and thePhilippines.

A HST 202 Not Even Past (3)This course introduces students to historical scholarship and methodology as they inform not only our understanding of the past, but also our ability to understand and address even the most challenging issues of our time. Building on a case-study approach, students will gain a foundational understanding of what it means to frame and explore a contemporary issue through a historical lens; the important role that an evidence-based historical argument can play in advancing public and professional knowledge; the dangers when history is abused to distort understanding; and the real-world role that historians play in fields far beyond the history classroom. May not be repeated for credit. 1e1e36bf2d


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