Ch 26: MTTC History: The World Wars

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Follow along as we trace the events of World Wars I and II in these short and engaging videos. Each lesson is designed to prepare you for related questions on the MTTC History exam.

MTTC History: The World Wars - Chapter Summary

Make your preparation for the MTTC History exam simple and fun with our easy video lessons that cover all the essential concepts about the World Wars. These videos cover the following topics to help you with related questions on the exam:

  • Factors that led to the start of World War I
  • Europe's powder keg and famous battles of the Great War
  • WWI's end and political and economic consequences of the war
  • The Great Depression
  • The Weimar Republic's collapse
  • Rise of Italian fascism and communism in Russia
  • The Russian Revolution and creation of the USSR
  • World War II's start and the Pacific and European theaters of the war
  • Post-war Europe and the war's aftermath
  • Birth of NATO and creation of the United Nations

Our instructors are history experts who break down larger concepts on these two wars into small, easily digestible chunks, making your review of World Wars I and II easy and fun. You'll quickly retain critical info for the exam by watching these short videos and scanning the transcripts for key terms. If you missed a concept in your initial viewing, use the video tags to refer back to main points from the video without having to re-watch the entire lesson - saving you time and effort as you get ready for the MTTC History exam.

Objectives of the MTTC History: The World Wars Chapter

Your knowledge of history, economics and political science and your ability to teach these topics to students is gauged on the MTTC History exam. Michigan requires this multiple-choice exam as part of the licensure process for history teachers. It has four subareas, including world history, which is where questions on the world wars are found. World history topics make up 33% of the exam, and you might be asked to read a passage or look at a map and respond to questions about those items. You could also be expected to read a short question or statement and choose the best option from a list of possible answers. Preparing for the format of these questions, as well as the content, is easy with the self-assessment quizzes that we include with each of our video lessons.

18 Lessons in Chapter 26: MTTC History: The World Wars
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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