Ch 1: Reasons for World War II

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The Reasons for World War II chapter of this History of World War 2 Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the battles, agreements and occupations of the World War II era. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand essential concepts associated with the reasons for World War II.

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  • Watch each video in the course to review all key topics.
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  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Reasons for World War II chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the reasons for World War II for a standard history course. Topics covered include:

  • The causes and appeasements of World War II
  • World War II's alliances and expansions
  • The history of fascism
  • National socialism
  • Hitler's rise to power
  • German fascism
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • The battle between Great Britain and Germany

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Reasons for 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.

Alliances and Expansions During World War II

2. Alliances and Expansions During World War II

In this lesson, we will examine the various alliances and territorial expansions surrounding the Second World War. We will see how these led to the outbreak of war and place them in historical context.

Fascism: Characteristics, History & Rise

3. Fascism: Characteristics, History & Rise

In this lesson, we explore the characteristics of the form of government known as fascism, including briefly examining history's best example of fascism: Hitler's Germany.

The Rise of Hitler & National Socialism

4. The Rise of Hitler & National Socialism

In this lesson, we will explore the rise of Adolf Hitler and National Socialism. We will place these developments in historical context and highlight major events and themes.

Hitler's Third Reich: Rise to Power, History & Collapse

5. Hitler's Third Reich: Rise to Power, History & Collapse

In this lesson, we explore the rise of Hitler's Third Reich, its domination of German society in the 1930s, and the world war it began which eventually led to its downfall.

German Fascism Under Hitler

6. German Fascism Under Hitler

In this lesson, we will explore the conditions in Germany that allowed for the rise of fascism there and the eventual dictatorship of Adolf Hitler in the mid-20th century.

The Spanish Civil War & the Influence of Foreign Powers: Definition, Summary & Timeline

7. The Spanish Civil War & the Influence of Foreign Powers: Definition, Summary & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the Spanish Civil War that broke out between nationalists and socialists in Spain in the 1930s. In the aftermath, General Francisco Franco instituted a fascist dictatorship.

Germany vs Great Britain: Appeasement & the Battle Over Britain

8. Germany vs Great Britain: Appeasement & the Battle Over Britain

In this lesson, we examine Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement in regards to Hitler's Germany prior to World War II and the ensuing Battle of Britain in 1940.

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