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Ch 48: Approaching World War II (1919-1939)

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The lessons in this chapter were developed to boost your knowledge the period of time approaching World War II (1919-1939). Lessons come with a short quiz you can take to allow you to assess your understanding of the material.

Approaching World War II (1919-1939) - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to better your understanding of the major global political and economic factors in the time period leading up to World War II (1919-1939). Consider issues like policy response to the Great Depression and occupations, agreements and appeasement as causes of World War II.

Additionally, these lessons present material on the following:

  • Global democracy after 1919
  • The Weimar Republic
  • Resistance in Turkey and India during the interwar period
  • Conflicts in Asia between the world wars
  • Timeline of the rise of Mussolini and Italian fascism
  • Stalin's Soviet Union
  • Hitler's rise to power and the Third Reich
  • The Spanish Civil War

Lessons are a series of videos that each discuss one aspect of the subject matter. A multiple-choice quiz is available for you to take after each lesson as a self-assessment. If you need help, you can submit a question directly to the instructor.

11 Lessons in Chapter 48: Approaching World War II (1919-1939)
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Gains of Global Democracy After 1919: History & Summary

1. Gains of Global Democracy After 1919: History & Summary

In this lesson we briefly discuss the end of WWI and explore the proliferation of new states that occurred with the collapse of several central and eastern European empires.

The Weimar Republic: Strengths, Weaknesses & Collapse

2. The Weimar Republic: Strengths, Weaknesses & Collapse

In this lesson, we explore the Weimar Republic, the democratic government which governed Germany in between World War I and the rise of the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler.

Resistance in Turkey and India Between World Wars

3. Resistance in Turkey and India Between World Wars

In this lesson, we explore the resistance movements to western colonialism in both Turkey and India. Though both experienced colonialism via extremely different circumstances, both exhibited nationalist movements that opposed foreign rule.

The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact

4. The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact

In this lesson, we explore the Great Depression and the economic trends and practices that caused the greatest economic meltdown in the history of the world.

Response to the Great Depression: Governmental Policies in the US, Britain & France

5. Response to the Great Depression: Governmental Policies in the US, Britain & France

In this lesson, we explore the greatest economic catastrophe of the 20th century, the Great Depression, as well as U.S., British, and French responses to the crisis.

Interwar Conflict in Asia Between World Wars: History & Response

6. Interwar Conflict in Asia Between World Wars: History & Response

In this lesson, we discuss Japan and China and the disparate fortunes of the two nations during the interwar period, including Japanese military aggression toward China.

The Rise of Benito Mussolini and Italian Fascism: Facts & Timeline

7. The Rise of Benito Mussolini and Italian Fascism: Facts & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the rise of fascism in interwar Italy, as led by Il Duce, Benito Mussolini. Mussolini's oppressive, totalitarian regime fell during WWII.

The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

8. The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

In this lesson, we explore the brutal rule of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, from 1928 to 1953. Stalin radically transformed the economy of the Soviet Union, while also terrorizing its people.

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

9. 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 Spanish Civil War & the Influence of Foreign Powers: Definition, Summary & Timeline

10. The Spanish Civil War & the Influence of Foreign Powers: Definition, Summary & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the Spanish Civil War that broke out between nationalists and socialists in Spain in the 1930s. In the aftermath, General Francisco Franco instituted a fascist dictatorship.

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

11. 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.

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