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Ch 36: Major Events of WWII

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Study the major events of WWII for an upcoming exam with this engaging and convenient online history chapter. Available 24/7, these video lessons and self-assessments simplify WWII topics and present major events in a way that's easy to understand and remember.

Major Events of WWII - Chapter Summary

Refresh your understanding of WWII's major events with this comprehensive history chapter. Taught by subject matter experts, this series of informative video lessons outlines the beginnings, wartime events and aftermath of the war. You'll take a close look at specific events, such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the D-Day invasion and the Holocaust. When you're finished working through the chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Analyze the beginnings of WWII
  • Trace Hitler's rise to power and the history of the Third Reich
  • Explain how the attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in America's involvement in WWII
  • Evaluate the European Theater and Pacific Ocean Theater from WWII
  • Understand the impact of of the Holocaust
  • Describe life in the U.S. during WWII
  • Summarize WWII warfare events, including the D-Day invasion and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Assess the significance of the Yalta Conference and the Potsdam Conference

The chapter comes with plenty of self-assessment quizzes to help you retain the information. Each lesson comes with a printable transcript that you can study offline. If you get stuck or need any clarification on these WWII events, simply reach out to our expert instructors online.

10 Lessons in Chapter 36: Major Events of WWII
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.

Hitler's Third Reich: Rise to Power, History & Collapse

2. Hitler's Third Reich: Rise to Power, History & Collapse

In this lesson, we explore the rise of Hitler's Third Reich, its domination of German society in the 1930s, and the world war it began which eventually led to its downfall.

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

3. 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

4. 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 Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

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

6. 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

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

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