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Students will learn about:
- World War I and its famous battles
- The treaty that ended the first World War
- Consequences of the war around the world
- The Russian Revolution
- A history of fascism
- The start of World War II
- The Holocaust
- Hiroshima and Nagasaki
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1. World War I: Causes, Characteristics & Effects
In this lesson, we will identify the causes, characteristics, and effects of World War I. We will highlight key figures, events, and developments that relate to these aspects of World War I.
2. 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.
3. The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I
In this lesson, we will learn about the end of World War I and the Peace of Paris. We will learn what events transpired to bring about the end of the war and what provisions were laid forth in the Treaty of Versailles.
4. Consequences of World War I Around the World
In this lesson we will examine the consequences of World War I. We will highlight the key developments following the war, and we will see how they set the stage for the unfolding of other historical events (such as World War II).
5. 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.
6. Fascism: Characteristics, History & Rise
In this lesson, we explore the characteristics of the form of government known as fascism, including briefly examining history's best example of fascism: Hitler's Germany.
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 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.
9. 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.
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.
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Other chapters within the ACCESS World History: Online Textbook Help course
- ACCESS World History Unit 1: Prehistoric Times
- ACCESS World History Unit 2: Ancient & Classical Periods, 3500 BCE - CE 500
- ACCESS World History Unit 3: Post Classical Period, 500 - 1450
- ACCESS World History Unit 4: Early Modern Times, 1450 - 1789
- ACCESS World History Unit 5: Modern Period, 1789 - 1914
- ACCESS World History Unit 7: Contemporary Era, 1945 - Present