Ch 21: History of Our World Chapter 21: World Wars and Revolutions

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The World Wars and Revolutions chapter of this Prentice Hall History of Our World Textbook Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with world wars and revolutions. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the World Wars and Revolutions textbook chapter.

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  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
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Students will learn about:

  • The events that led to World War I
  • World War II's powder keg
  • The battles of World War I
  • The Peace of Paris
  • The Russian Revolution
  • The conflict in Asia in between wars
  • The resistance in India and Turkey
  • Fascism and Benito Mussolini
  • The Five-Year Plans
  • National socialism
  • The beginning of World War II
  • The European and Pacific Ocean Theaters
  • Nagasaki and Hiroshima
  • The D-Day Invasion

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16 Lessons in Chapter 21: History of Our World Chapter 21: World Wars and Revolutions
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Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

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.

The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI

2. The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI

In this lesson, we will explore the way in which Europe was a sort of 'powder keg' in the years leading up to World War I. We will examine the sources of tension among the European powers and explore how these played a role in the outbreak of World War I.

Famous Battles of the First World War

3. 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.

The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I

4. 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.

The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

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.

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.

Resistance in Turkey and India Between World Wars

7. 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.

Fascism: Characteristics, History & Rise

8. 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.

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

9. 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

10. 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.

The Rise of Hitler & National Socialism

11. The Rise of Hitler & National Socialism

In this lesson, we will explore the rise of Adolf Hitler and National Socialism. We will place these developments in historical context and highlight major events and themes.

World War II: The Start of the Second World War

12. 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

13. 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 Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies

14. 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.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII

15. 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.

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

16. 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.

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