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Ch 32: Causes & Events of World War II

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Use these lessons and quizzes to review information on the causes and events of World War II. Watch videos on the fighting in Europe, the Pacific and North Africa. Get facts about the Holocaust and Nazi genocide.

Causes & Events of World War I - Chapter Summary

In this chapter's video lessons, our instructors examine the start of World War II and how countries were allied during the war. You'll study the battles of the European Theater and the fighting in North Africa. Other lessons explore the war against Japan in the Pacific. The Holocaust and Nazi anti-Semitism are covered here, as well. After watching these video lessons, you should know more about:

  • The war's beginning
  • The Eastern and Western Fronts
  • The Holocaust
  • The war in the Pacific
  • D-Day and what it meant for the Nazis
  • Alliances and expansions during the war

These lessons are developed by expert instructors, and you can contact them if you have questions. You can study anytime, on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz that lets you assess your learning. A clickable timeline in the videos makes it easy to return to spots that you want to review.

6 Lessons in Chapter 32: Causes & Events of World War II
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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.

The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North Africa

2. 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

3. 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

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

5. 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.

Alliances and Expansions During World War II

6. Alliances and Expansions During World War II

In this lesson, we will examine the various alliances and territorial expansions surrounding the Second World War. We will see how these led to the outbreak of war and place them in historical context.

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