Ch 13: World War II Summary

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Use this history chapter to summarize the history of the Second World War. You'll find lessons that cover the causes, battles, events, politics and aftermath of WWII.

World War II Summary - Chapter Summary

These World War II lessons offer a straightforward and comprehensive summary of the war's causes, conflicts and effects. The chapter covers important events of WWII, such as the attack on Pearl Harbor and the D-Day invasion. You'll review key conflicts between the Allies and Axis powers and describe international politics during the war. You'll also look at the effects the war had on American politics. After watching the lessons in this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Give context to the beginning of World War II
  • Explain the Holocaust
  • Contextualize the beginning of America's involvement in WWII, starting with the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Summarize the conflicts between Japan and the Allies
  • Understand the history behind Japanese internment
  • Outline key conflicts on the eastern front, western front and in north Africa
  • Assess the significance of the D-Day invasion
  • Determine how the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed WWII warfare
  • Know the details regarding the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences
  • Describe post-war American politics in terms of foreign and domestic policy

These history lessons are taught by expert instructors who cover essential WWII concepts though easy-to understand lessons. You'll find highlighted definitions and examples that illustrate the significance of historical figures, battles and political policies. To make sure you fully understand these historical concepts, take the self-assessment quizzes following each lesson. You can also print lesson transcripts and follow along with the video lessons.

10 Lessons in Chapter 13: World War II Summary
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World War II: The Start of the Second World War

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.

The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

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.

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 Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies

4. 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.

Japanese-American Internment: Facts and History

5. Japanese-American Internment: Facts and History

The attack on Pearl Harbor unleashed a wave of fear and prejudice toward Japanese Americans. In this lesson, we'll learn how the government forced them into internment camps, what life in the camps was like, and how the internment affected the nation.

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

6. 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 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.

Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

10. Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

In this lesson, we will learn about American politics in the post-war era. We will highlight the broad contours of foreign and domestic policies, and learn how Americans planned to deal with the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

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