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Students will learn:
- World War I, causes, events and the Treaty of Versailles
- Causes and impact of the Great Depression
- Rise of fascism in Italy and Germany
- World War II, Nazism, the Holocaust and the Normandy Invasion
- Revolution and birth of communist rule in Russia
- Communism in China, the U.S.S.R and the Cold War
- Role of U.S. in the Korean and Vietnam Wars
- Dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of Cold War
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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. 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.
3. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes
October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Learn about this event, including the factors that contributed to the collapse of the American economy.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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 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.
9. The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation
In this lesson, we will learn about the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, commonly referred to as the Soviet Union. We will learn what events brought about the emergence of the Soviet Union, and how it has impacted the course of world history.
10. The History of Communism in China
In this lesson, you will explore the history of communism in China and discover how it has influenced China since 1945. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
11. The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events
The period of distrust between the Soviet Union and United States was known as the Cold War. Learn about the origins of the era, essential events and the shaping of the national security state.
12. United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects
The Korean War was a short but bloody war with more than five million casualties. Find out what caused this deadly and destructive war, how the United States came to be involved and how the war affected Korea and its allies.
13. The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects
The Vietnam War was the longest and most polarizing conflict in the history of the United States. Learn about the causes of the war as well as its effects on the United States.
14. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline
In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.
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Other chapters within the Harcourt Social Studies - World History: Online Textbook Help course
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 1: The World's Geography
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 2: Early People
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 3: The Tigris & Euphrates Valley
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 4: The Nile Valley
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 5: Asia & the Americas
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 6: Southwest Asian Civilizations
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 7: Asia's Classical Age
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 8: The Ancient Greeks
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 9: The Ancient Romans
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 10: Europe After the Romans
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 11: Africa & Asia
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 12: The Americas
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 13: New Empires
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 14: The Growth of Trade
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 15: Europe & the Western Hemisphere
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 16: The Eastern Hemisphere
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 17: Times of Rapid Change
- Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 19: Global Challenges