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Ch 17: CLEP Social Sciences and History: World War II

About This Chapter

By watching the online video lessons in the World War II chapter, you could learn more about the events of the war and its causes. The chapter includes lessons on Hiroshima and the D-Day Invasion. After you complete the lessons, test your retention of the material with the self-assessment quizzes.

CLEP Social Sciences and History: World War II - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The video lessons in this World War II chapter cover the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invasion of China and the effects of World War II on society, the government and the economy. Utilize the lessons to learn more about the Battle of Britain, German alliances and the Axis Powers. This chapter could expand your knowledge of the:

  • Surrender of the Philippines
  • Outcome of the Potsdam Conference
  • Purpose of the Manhattan Project
  • Various forms of entertainment during the war

Video Objective
World War II: The Start of the Second World War Examine the causes of World War II.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II Assess the events leading up to America's declaration of war.
The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front and Fight for North Africa Read about military operations on the Eastern and Western Fronts.
The Pacific Ocean Theater of World War II: Japan vs. the Allies Explore the events of the invasion of colonies in the Pacific Ocean.
The United States During World War II: The Home Front Discover how life changed at home during World War II.
The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany Read about the invasion of France and the surrender of Germany.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During World War II Learn about the development of the atomic bomb.
Occupations, Agreements and Appeasement: Causes of the Second World War Discuss the events that preceded Hitler's invasion of Poland.
The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany Explore the events that led to the Holocaust.
The Yalta Conference and the Potsdam Conference: U.S. Diplomacy and International Politics During World War II Discuss the strategies of the historic Yalta and Potsdam Conferences.

10 Lessons in Chapter 17: CLEP Social Sciences and History: World War II
World War II: The Start of the Second World War

1. World War II: The Start of the Second World War

Learn all about the start of World War II and why the League of Nations could not stop aggression by Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s, which led to the outbreak of this second global conflict.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

2. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack against Allied possessions in the Pacific, including the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After decades of conflict between the two nations, the U.S. declared war.

The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North Africa

3. The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North Africa

Hitler and Nazi Germany dominated the European fields of battle early in WWII. This lesson is an overview of key military operations between 1939 and 1943 in Europe on both the Eastern and Western fronts.

The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies

4. The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States entered WWII. Watch this video to learn about some of the key battles, as well as the general nature, of the Pacific theater of the war.

The United States During WWII: The Home Front

5. The United States During WWII: The Home Front

When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, life changed almost overnight for those on the battle front and on the home front. Learn about the war's dramatic and lasting effects on American government, economy and society.

The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany

6. The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany

Operation Overlord, the invasion of Nazi-occupied Western Europe, began with the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, with Hitler's last stand taking place at the Battle of the Bulge. Learn about these and other events that contributed to the end of Nazi Germany.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII

7. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII

As America and its WWII allies considered invading Japan, the Manhattan Project successfully developed an atomic weapon. Its use on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, precipitated VJ Day, the end of the Pacific war, on August 14, 1945.

Occupations, Agreements & Appeasement: Causes of the Second World War

8. Occupations, Agreements & Appeasement: Causes of the Second World War

In this lesson, we will learn about the events leading up to the Second World War. We will focus on the occupations, agreements, and appeasements that preceded Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939.

The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

9. The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

The Holocaust was the persecution and mass murder of as many as 11 million people by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. Learn about the people they targeted, the progression of events leading up to the Final Solution and the end of the genocide in this lesson.

The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

10. The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

Throughout the course of WWII, leaders of many Allied nations met many times to discuss strategy. Then, near the end of the war, two historic conferences shaped the post-war world.

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