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Ch 44: MTEL History: A World at War

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Use our lessons to refresh your knowledge of international events during the years leading up to World War I and through the end of World War II. The videos will help you answer these types of questions on the MTEL History exam.

MTEL History: A World at War - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to help you review the conditions that led to both world wars and look at the events in the wars' aftermaths. These lessons will help you prepare for these types of questions on the MTEL History exam:

  • Describing unrest in Europe in the pre-WWI years
  • Analyzing the impact of the Treaty of Versailles
  • Looking at ways World War I impacted the world's economy, society and politics
  • Exploring the causes and impact of the Great Depression
  • Naming causes and effects of the Russian Revolution
  • Examining world leaders and their policies, including Josef Stalin, Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler
  • Describing major battles of World War II
  • Looking at the post-war world, including the devastation in Europe, the creation of the United Nations and NATO and the theory of containment

After you review each lesson, be sure to take its accompanying self-assessment quiz to gauge how well you comprehend the material. If you have any questions, you may submit them to our experts for assistance.

Objectives of the MTEL History: A World at War Chapter

Everyone seeking certification to teach history in Massachusetts must pass the MTEL History exam. The topics covered in the A World at War chapter are in the test's subarea on world history, which accounts for 25% of the total score.

All questions in this subarea are multiple-choice, like the questions on the quizzes that follow each of our video lessons. These quizzes let you practice taking this type of test and assess your knowledge of the subject covered in this chapter.

18 Lessons in Chapter 44: MTEL History: A World at War
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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.

End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

4. 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.

Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War

5. Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War

In this lesson, we will explore the consequences of World War I. We will learn about the political, economic, and social impact the war had on the United States and Europe.

The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact

6. 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.

The Weimar Republic: Strengths, Weaknesses & Collapse

7. 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.

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

8. 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 Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

9. The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

In this lesson, we will examine the role Vladimir Lenin played as a leading architect of the communist system. We will explore his involvement in the Russian Revolution and the establishment of Soviet Russia.

The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

10. 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.

The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation

11. 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.

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.

The Aftermath of WWII

15. 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.

Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan

16. Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan

In this lesson, we will learn about the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Airlift. We will examine the conditions in postwar Europe that resulted in these events, and we will understand why they are important.

WWII Aftermath & the Creation of the United Nations

17. WWII Aftermath & the Creation of the United Nations

In this lesson, we will look at the aftermath of the Second World War and the formation of the United Nations. We will identify why the United Nations was created and explore the organization's function and structure in the post-war world.

The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

18. The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

In this lesson, we explore the foreign policy of the U.S. and Western Europe directly after WWII. We will look at its theory of containment regarding communism, and the birth of NATO.

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