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Ch 14: NYSTCE Social Studies: The World Wars

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This chapter covers all the related information on World Wars I & II you'll want to know going into the NYSTCE Social Studies Exam, with video lessons taught by professional instructors making for a simple-to-follow review process.

NYSTCE Social Studies: The World Wars - Chapter Summary

This chapter takes a look at the timelines, causes, and events surrounding the world wars with the aim to prepare you for the subject-related material on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam. By the end of this chapter, you'll have refreshed and bolstered your knowledge-base of the following:

  • Causes of World War I
  • World War I on land, at sea, and in the air, and its most famous battles
  • The Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations
  • The Great Depression
  • Overview of World War II, including the European theater and Pacific Ocean theater
  • The Holocaust
  • The D-Day invasion, Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • The Yalta conference and the Potsdam conference

To ensure you receive the content in the manner best suited to your learning style, each lesson includes both a video and transcript of the content. You'll find the material easy to navigate, with the timeline feature allowing you to quick-jump to key points of the video and the transcript filled with important terms highlighted in bold.

12 Lessons in Chapter 14: NYSTCE Social Studies: The World Wars
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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.

World War One: On Land, at Sea & In the Air

2. World War One: On Land, at Sea & In the Air

In this lesson, we will look specifically at the way World War I was waged on land, at sea, and in the air. We will explore how warfare was conducted within these contexts, and learn about the new technologies that made this possible.

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.

The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact

5. 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.

World War II: The Start of the Second World War

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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

11. 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 Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

12. The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

Throughout the course of WWII, leaders of many Allied nations met many times to discuss strategy. Then, near the end of the war, two historic conferences shaped the post-war world.

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