Traditions and Encounters, AP Edition (Bentley), 5th Edition

Chapter 38: A World without Borders

Interactive Map Quiz


Map A. International Organizations

This interactive map examines country membership in several different international organizations, circa 1991. Here, membership in the North Atlantic Free Trade Area (NAFTA), the Oil Producing and Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Arab League, and the European Union (EU) is shown in detail. After the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, the previous balance of power between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. disintegrated. Affiliations between countries were no longer based on purely ideological issues. Trade agreements, regional shared heritages, and economic factors all contributed to the new system of alliances throughout the world.

What were the most important challenges, both external and internal, to the power of the United States and the Soviet Union from about 1955 to 1990?


What were the principal problems encountered by new nations, especially in Africa and Asia, in the postwar period?


How democratic were the different countries of East Asia and Southeast Asia after World War II? If they were not democratic, what kinds of governments existed and what were their philosophies and structures? Did the level and appeal of democracy change over time?


During the three decades from 1955 to 1985, what were the most important changes in the distribution of wealth, power, and authority in the world? Answer the same question for the distribution of wealth, power, and authority within the individual societies of China, Argentina, and America during these years.

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