About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering World War I or World War II material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the world at war during the 20th century. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with the First and Second World War
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Watch each video in the course to review all key topics
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the World at War chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the World at War chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any questions about the world at war during the 20th century. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the implications and effects of World War I for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:
- The events and factors leading up to the declaration of war
- Famous battles of World War I
- Crucial war geography, including the Balkan Powder Keg
- Signing the Treaty of Versailles and founding the League of Nations
- The consequences of the Great War
- Post-war causes and effects of the Russian revolution
- Events preceding World War II
- The European Theater, including the Eastern and Western fronts and the fight for North Africa
- The Pacific Ocean Theater, considering Japan versus the Allies
- The aftermath of World War II
1. Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War
Although World War I began in Europe, it is important to take a look at World War I in relation to U.S. history as well. The U.S. was greatly affected by the war. In this lesson, we'll take a quick and direct look at the causes that led up the war and the assassination that was the final catalyst.
2. The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI
In this lesson, we will explore the way in which Europe was a sort of 'powder keg' in the years leading up to World War I. We will examine the sources of tension among the European powers and explore how these played a role in the outbreak of World War I.
3. Famous Battles of the First World War
In this lesson, we will learn about some of the famous battles of World War I. We will learn why these battles are important and how they affected the course of the war.
4. End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations
In this lesson, we will examine the Treaty of Versailles. We will explore the treaty's negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference, take a look at the treaty's terms, and discuss Germany's reaction to the treaty.
5. Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War
In this lesson, we will explore the consequences of World War I. We will learn about the political, economic, and social impact the war had on the United States and Europe.
6. The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects
In this lesson, we will examine the Russian Revolution. We will see what events led to the revolution, and we'll learn how the revolution impacted Russia's involvement in World War I.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. The Aftermath of WWII
In this lesson, we explore the economic and political realities which emerged in Europe immediately after the end of World War II and the steps countries took to confront them.
11. What is an Annexation of a Country? - Definition & Examples
Annexation can be a very tricky political topic. In this lesson, we'll talk about what annexation is (and what it isn't) and see how people in the world generally feel about it today.
12. Kamikaze: Definition, History & Attacks
In World War II, kamikaze missions were among the most brutal and psychologically terrifying. In this lesson, we'll look at the history and ideology of this tactic and see where it was used.
13. World War II Propaganda: Posters & Cartoons
In this lesson we will learn about World War II propaganda posters and cartoons. We will examine these propaganda from a few different countries and analyze their significance during World War II.
14. World War II Propaganda: Radio & Film
In this lesson, you will learn about the way that the axis powers and allies used radio and film to make propaganda during WWII. First, you will learn about some of the most infamous radio propaganda, and then you will learn about the ways that film was used.
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Other chapters within the Major Eras in World History Study Guide course
- The Stone Age
- The Bronze & Iron Ages
- Classical Greece
- Rome & the Holy Roman Empire
- Government & Culture in the Middle Ages
- Renaissance & Reformation
- World Exploration & Colonization
- Revolution & Independence Movements
- The Industrial Revolution & Enlightenment
- The Cold War Era
- The Hittite Empire
- The Neolithic Age
- The Paleolithic Age
- The Mesolithic Age
- The Iron Age
- Iron Age Cultures
- Stone Age People
- Stone Age Cultures
- The Bronze Age
- Bronze Age Cultures