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History of World War II

Department: Social Sciences
Teachers: Levi Line
Open to: Seniors
Length: 1 Semester

The History of World War II is a one semester senior elective that covers 1918 to the present, with an emphasis on 1939-1945. The course begins with the rise to power of the Italian Fascists, German Nazis and Japanese imperialists. Topics include the role of new military technology, social effects on civilians, impact of the war on the post-war Europe and Asia, and the development of the Cold War. Students examine primary documents from the era and focus on military strategies for the European and Pacific theaters including specific tactics and outcomes of battles. They also address domestic issues and the Jewish Holocaust.

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