About This Chapter
Who's it for?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering European history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn European history. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the Holocaust or D-Day invasion
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about World War II
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources
How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the World War II chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the World War II chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any World War II question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a World War II unit of a standard AP European history course. Topics covered include:
- The fall of France during World War II
- Adolf Hitler
- Genocide and anti-semitism in Germany
- The attack on Pearl Harbor
- Japan versus the Allies
- Hiroshima and Nagasaki
- The Yalta Conference and the Potsdam Conference
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.
2. The Fall of France during WWII: Strategies & Defeat
In this lesson, we explore the French defenses, the subsequent German invasion, and the disastrous consequences for France during WWII and its four-year occupation by Germany.
3. Germany vs Great Britain: Appeasement & the Battle Over Britain
In this lesson, we examine Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement in regards to Hitler's Germany prior to World War II and the ensuing Battle of Britain in 1940.
4. Hitler's Military Strategy & Goals in World War II
In this lesson, we explore the motives of Adolph Hitler, Germany's fascist dictator of the 1930s, and the military strategies he employed that led to early victories but culminated in total defeat.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. The Battle of Stalingrad: Definition & Summary
This lesson will discuss the Battle of Stalingrad. It will describe the events leading up to the battle, and a description of the battle from both Russian and German perspectives. Finally, the lesson will reflect on Stalingrad's significance in WWII.
14. Erwin Rommel: Quotes & Biography
General Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is widely regarded as one of Germany's finest military commanders. An innovator and considered expert in the field of tank warfare, he led Germany's famous, Afrika Corps in North Africa during World War II.
15. German Luftwaffe in WW2: Definition & Ranks
The Luftwaffe was part of a secret plan to get Germany ready for World War II, but it wasn't a secret for long. In this lesson, learn about the German Luftwaffe and its ranks.
16. Lebensraum in WW2: Definition, Meaning & Theory
This lesson will discuss the term 'Lebensraum' and its evolution in meaning and use from the 19th century to World War II. You will first learn its origins from the 19th century, its application during World War I, and finally the disastrous use of Lebensraum in WWII by the Nazis.
17. The Munich Conference of 1938: Definition & Overview
Have you ever heard of a no-win situation? The Munich Conference was just that. This lesson will discuss the conference, the intentions of each participant, and why it failed to stop WWII.
18. The Lviv Pogrom of 1941
In this lesson we will learn about the Lviv Pogroms of 1941. We will place this tragic event in historical context, and we will highlight the key themes and developments surrounding this event.
19. Warsaw Ghetto: Life & Uprising
The Warsaw Ghetto is remembered for inhuman living conditions and incredible human suffering. The ghetto is also known for the human spirit, and the resistance of fighters against overwhelming odds in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
20. Warsaw Ghetto: Definition & Facts
While the Warsaw Ghetto is remembered for its inhuman conditions and horrendous loss of human life, it also stands as a symbol for human survival and resistance in the face of overwhelming odds.
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