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Use these 2 World History videos entitled The Causes of World War 2 to study how the consequences of the First World War sowed the seeds for an even greater global conflict, World War 2.

Our video presentations on The Causes of World War 2 explore the effects of a worldwide depression in the 1930's and trace the rise of totalitarian regimes in Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain. Discover how the world became divided into three major power blocks in the pre-war years, and how the Munich Pact of 1938 opened the door to German aggression.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how, in the aftermath of World War I, the disintegration of the empires that had dominated central and Eastern Europe, and the political tensions caused by the Russian Revolution, were two important factors that sowed the seeds for the growth of fascism.
  • Discuss the economic and social effects of a worldwide depression in the 1930's.
  • Trace the rise to power and the territorial conquests pursued by militaristic regimes in Germany, Italy, and Japan in the years preceding the outbreak of World War 2.
  • Understand how the terms levelled against Germany in the Treaty of Versailles - the peace settlement that ended World War 1 - led to the formation of the Third Reich Survey how the terms of the Munich Pact and the ultimate alliance between the Soviet Union and the Western powers shaped the initial course and the outcome of World War 2.
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