Social Studies - 2019-20

WHII.11a - Causes of World War II

The student will apply social science skills to understand World War II and its worldwide impact by

a) explaining the major causes of the war;


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Many economic and political causes led to World War II.

ESSENTIALS

Economic and political causes of World War II

 Aggression by the totalitarian powers of Germany, Italy, and Japan

 Nationalism

 Failures of the Treaty of Versailles

 Weakness of the League of Nations

 Appeasement

 Tendencies towards isolationism and pacifism in Europe and the United States

KEY VOCABULARY

Terms:

Appeasement

Blitzkrieg

Yalta Conference

United Nations

Superpowers

Atomic Bomb

Axis Powers

Allied Powers

Genocide

Anti-Semitism

Holocaust

Armenian Genocide

Great Purge

People:

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Harry S. Truman

Dwight D Eisenhower

Douglas MacArthur

Winston Churchill

George Marshall

Allies

Axis

Places:

Japan

Italy

Germany

Soviet Union

Israel

Updated: Jun 01, 2018