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Ch 37: Overview of World War II - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Use this chapter to help review your knowledge of World War II in preparation for the MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam. The lessons provided seek to provide an overview of significant aspects of the war to help in your studies for this exam.

Overview of World War II - MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

World War II was such an extensive conflict its causes, results, and impacts could be studied from countless approaches. This chapter presents a comprehensive overview of the war, including political climates that contributed to its onset, specifics of the fighting, and international diplomacy. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Beginning of the war
  • European and Pacific Ocean theaters
  • The Holocaust
  • Atomic bomb
  • Yalta and Potsdam conferences

As you review each video lesson, follow along with the full transcript to better comprehend the information you're being presented. To best discern how well you grasp the facts, take the short self-assessments at the end of every lesson. These quizzes will also give you an opportunity to practice answering multiple-choice history questions, much as is required on the MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam.

Overview of World War II - MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam assesses the knowledge a college graduate should hold in this subject and is typically meant for undergraduate students who aim to attain their teaching license. Of the 100 multiple-choice questions on the test, approximately 20% relate to history topics. One of the objectives under the history domain on this exam is to demonstrate an understanding of major world political, social, economic, and cultural developments, including the causes and results of World War II.

The lessons in this chapter seek to strengthen your understanding of World War II by providing a comprehensive overview of its significant aspects. Through reviewing this chapter and taking all pertinent practice quizzes, you should gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to succeed on any relevant exam questions.

7 Lessons in Chapter 37: Overview of World War II - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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Occupations, Agreements & Appeasement: Causes of the Second World War

1. Occupations, Agreements & Appeasement: Causes of the Second World War

In this lesson, we will learn about the events leading up to the Second World War. We will focus on the occupations, agreements, and appeasements that preceded Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939.

World War II: The Start of the Second World War

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

5. 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.

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

6. 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

7. 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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