Unit 6: Postwar Uncertainty + WWII, 1920-1945

*Unit SG

Sequence and Activities

1) Intro


-Access student knowledge.

-Set the purposes of the unit.

*What do you know game (powerpoint)?

*Unit SG

*Sequence discussed

*The question of why

2) The World in the 20s and 30s


-Trace the rise of communism in China.

-Describe the civil war between Communists and Nationalists.

-Trace nationalist activity in India and explain how Indian self-rule heightened conflicts between Muslims and Hindus.

-Summarize Gandhi’s nonviolent tactics.

-Describe the rise of independence movements in SW Asia.

-Identify the scientific, artistic, social and technological changes that took place during the 1920s and the impact they had on the world.

-Describe postwar Europe, the Weimar Republic, and the causes and effects of the Great Depression.

*Discussion: China, India and SW Asia between the World Wars

*Postwar Uncertainty: Text reading: 31.1 and 31.1 GR

*A Worldwide Depression: Text reading: 31.2 and 31.2 GR

3) Totalitarianism and Fascism

-Describe totalitarianism, the building of a totalitarian state in Russia, and the economic system under Stalin.

-Trace the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany and describe its impact.

-Compare the attempts by fascist nations to gain power with the efforts of democratic nations to preserve peace.

*Stalinist Russia: Text reading: 30.2 and 30.2 GR

*Fascism in Italy and Germany: Text reading 31.3 and 31.3 GR

-Video: Prelude to War (53 m)

-Video: The Fatal Attraction of Adolf Hitler

-Mein Kampf reading and questions

*Japan, Spain and War: Text reading: 31.4 and 31.4 GR

4) World War II in Europe (1939-1941)


-Summarize the events that led to war.

-Describe the fall of France and the Battle of Britain.

-Explain the conflicts in the Mediterranean and on the Eastern Front.

-Describe US aid to the Allies.

*Text reading: 32.1 and 32.1 GR

*Video: “The Nazi Strike”

5) World War II in Asia


-Explain how Japanese expansionism led to war with the Allies in Asia.

-Describe Japan’s early battle successes.

-Explain how the Allies were able to stop Japanese expansion.

-Summarize Allied battle strategy.

*Text reading 32.2 and 32.2 GR

*Video: “World War II Pacific”

6) The Allied Victory


-Describe the Allied strategy in Europe.

-List efforts made on the home front.

-Summarize events that led to the surrender of Germany and of Japan.

*Major war questions and decisions

*Text Reading: 32.4 and 32.4 GR

*Video clip: D-Day

*Skillbuilder Practice: Following Chronological Order

*The Atomic Bomb Debate

*Why the Allies Won

7) The Costs and Legacy of World War II


-Describe the conditions in Europe in 1945.

-Identify the political consequences of the Allied victory in postwar Europe.

-Summarize how defeat and occupation affected political and civic life in Japan.

-Trace the course of persecution of Jews by the Nazis.

-Describe the results of the “Final Solution”.

*Text reading 32.5 and 32.5 GR

*The Costs of War: human, economic, political and military

*The Holocaust: 32.3 and 32.3 GR

-From Night: Ellie Wiesel

-One Survivor Remembers

-Holocaust Background Powerpoint

8) Test

Additional Information and Links:

1920s Europe PP

Early Modern European Art

The US in World War II PP

World War II PP

Italian Fascism PP

World War II Conferences

Iowa Based Pilot Has No Regrets

Dwight D. Eisenhower

America Foreign Policy Between the Wars

The US During WWII PP

Reflections on World War II PP

Pearl Harbor-National Geographic

George Patton

D-Day: The American Experience

Battle of Midway

Battle of the Bulge

Iwo Jima


US Holocaust Museum

The Manhatten Project

Los Alamos

Truman Library and Museum

Harry S Truman

Nuremberg Trials

World War II in Europe

World War II-History Channel

World War II-Eyewitness to History

World War II-Military History Overview

Homefront Museum

Casablanca Conference

Tehran Conference

Potsdam Conference

Chinese Civil War


Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler Bio

Benito Mussolini


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