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Ch 18: World War II: European & Pacific Theaters

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Watch video lessons to learn about the causes of World War II, warfare in the European and Pacific theaters and what brought the war to an end. The quizzes that follow each lesson can help you gauge your comprehension of these WWII topics.

World War II: European & Pacific Theaters - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

After the Great War, a number of challenges continued to plague countries around the world. It was during this tumultuous interwar period that events like the Great Depression in the US and the rise of Nazism and fascism in Europe made their impact. In this chapter, you'll learn about the political and economic issues that contributed to World War II. You'll also explore key players in the war as well as major battles in the European and Pacific theaters. These lessons cover multiple WWII topics such as:

  • How political agreements and appeasement contributed to WWII
  • What caused anti-semitism in Nazi Germany
  • Why the United States entered the war
  • Why Japan fought against the Allies in WWII
  • What impact the atomic bomb had on the war
  • What diplomatic efforts were put forth during WWII

VideoObjective
Occupations, Agreements & Appeasement: Causes of the Second World WarDiscover how the policy of appeasement as well as multiple political agreements paved the way to world war.
World War II: The Start of the Second World WarExamine how interwar politics and conflicts contributed to WWII.
The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North AfricaExplore the key WWII battles involving Germany's attacks on Northern Europe and Eastern Europe.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War IIFind out why Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and how it led to U.S. involvement in WWII.
The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The AlliesStudy why Japan was against the Allies and get details on major Pacific Theater conflicts.
The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi GermanyTake a look at the causes of the Holocaust and the impact it had on Jews in Nazi Germany and beyond.
The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi GermanyLearn about the participants and military strategies involved with the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWIITrace the atomic bomb's development and the impact it had on the war.
The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War IIExplore the agreements made among the Allies at the Yalta Conference and Potsdam Conference.

9 Lessons in Chapter 18: World War II: European & Pacific Theaters
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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 Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

4. 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 Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies

5. 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

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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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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