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Ch 35: Overview of World War II

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Refresh your knowledge of World War II with our quick videos and quizzes. Learn about America's involvement in the war, the different theaters of the war and the impact of the atomic bomb.

Overview of World War II - Chapter Summary

Our experienced instructors guide your review of World War II. You'll study the occupations and agreements that led to the war and get an overview of the activities that took place at the start of World War II. These lessons detail the events at Pearl Harbor that led to America's involvement in the war. Videos explore the European Theater of the war and the battles between Japan and the allies. You'll follow along as the events of the D-Day invasion unfold and describe the effects that the atomic bomb had on the war. Close out your study of this topic with the diplomatic efforts that led to the war's conclusion. You'll find lessons on the following topics in this chapter:

  • Causes of World War II
  • Pearl Harbor attack
  • The Eastern and Western fronts
  • Fight for North Africa
  • The Holocaust and anti-Semitism
  • Pacific Ocean theater
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Yalta and Potsdam conferences

These short lessons take about 5 minutes to watch and can be viewed on your schedule, at home or on the go. After watching a video, take the quick self-assessment quiz to see how well you understand the material. Each video also comes with a lesson transcript, and you can use the timeline to return to key parts of the video that you want to review.

12 Lessons in Chapter 35: Overview of World War II
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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 Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

3. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack against Allied possessions in the Pacific, including the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After decades of conflict between the two nations, the U.S. declared war.

The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North Africa

4. 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.

Blitzkrieg During WWII: Definition, Facts & Warfare Strategy

5. Blitzkrieg During WWII: Definition, Facts & Warfare Strategy

The following lesson will cover the German war tactic known as blitzkrieg, which was used with great success in World War II. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

6. 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

7. 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 United States During WWII: The Home Front

8. The United States During WWII: The Home Front

When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, life changed almost overnight for those on the battle front and on the home front. Learn about the war's dramatic and lasting effects on American government, economy and society.

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

9. 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.

What is V-E Day? - Definition & Facts

10. What is V-E Day? - Definition & Facts

This lesson presents the details of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day, which successfully ended the hostilities in Europe in the Second World War. It also discusses the primary individuals and issues involved in making this a reality.

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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