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Ch 44: WEST History: World War I & II

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Let our video lessons and quizzes help you review the domestic and international events and impacts of World War I and II. This review will help you answer world history questions found on the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: World War I & II - Chapter Summary

What led to the start of World War I and II? What major battles were fought in each of the two wars? What were the lasting effects of each of these wars? These are among the topics you will have the opportunity to review using the lessons in this chapter. Upon successful review of this material, you should have developed the following abilities that will help you take a portion of the WEST History exam:

  • Citing the factors that led to World War I
  • Describing the tensions and alliances present in Europe during WWI
  • Recounting famous battles of World War I and II
  • Detailing the negotiations and subsequent treaty that ended WWI
  • Identifying the causes of the Great Depression and its impact not just on the U.S. but on the world
  • Discussing the Weimar Republic, the Russian Revolution, the creation of the U.S.S.R. and the rise of communism
  • Explaining the rise of Mussolini in Italy and Lenin in Russia, and the impacts on WWII
  • Summarizing events that led to the start of WWII
  • Listing the effects of military operations in Europe and Japan during WWII
  • Understanding how WWII ended and the war's lasting impact on the world
  • Noting the creation of NATO as a response to WWII

These lessons cover this vast material in a brief and engaging manner, making the process of learning the historical facts fun and easy. You can assess what you have learned by using the self-assessment quizzes found at the end of each lesson.

WEST History: World War I & II Objectives

The WEST History exam is meant to evaluate your knowledge of past and current U.S. and world history as well as social studies concepts. By using the World War I & II chapter, you will have the opportunity to reinforce what you know concerning the details and lasting impacts of these two major events. Entire sections of one of the competency areas of the exam's second domain addressing world history are devoted to the topics covered in this chapter's lessons.

The WEST History exam is computer-administered and contains 110 multiple-choice questions. WEST exams are taken by Washington State teachers seeking initial certification and endorsements to existing teaching certificates. The basic exam is given in reading, writing and mathematics, while endorsement exams cover a wide range of subjects that include, in addition to history, agriculture, biology, earth science, health, music, physics and visual arts. Basic subtests and endorsement exams require a passing score of 240.

17 Lessons in Chapter 44: WEST History: World War I & II
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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.

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.

The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

17. 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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