About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering World War II material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the second world war. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with World War II
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning European history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Watch each video in the course to review all key topics
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the World War II Overview chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the World War II Overview chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any World War II history question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about World War II for a standard European history course. Topics covered include:
- Anti-Semitism and genocide in Nazi Germany
- The attack on Pearl Harbor
- Events of the D-Day Invasion
- The atomic bomb and its impact on warfare
- The aftermath and lasting effects of World War II
1. 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.
2. 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.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Holocaust Discussion Questions for High School
Teaching the Holocaust is not easy. Discussing it can seem overwhelming. These questions are designed to serve as a guide for you and your students as you explore this important topic.
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Other chapters within the European History Study Guide course
- European Culture in the Renaissance
- Events & Effects of the Reformation
- Monarchical Nation States in Europe
- Developments in England (1450-1701)
- Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment in Europe
- European Political Developments
- Industrial Revolution in Europe
- World War I Overview
- Cold War in Europe
- Europe After the Soviet Union