EUROPE AND THE WORLD WARS
Course level: "Undergraduate"
"<p>This course discusses the causes and history of World War I, the interwar era, and World War II, with a particular emphasis upon social, political, and economic developments during the period.</p>"
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What you'll learn
What you’ll learn
World War I: Causes and Impact of World War I on Europe
- Explain the underlying social and political causes of World War I.
- Describe the impact of War World I on civilian life.
- Describe the destabilization and revolution in Russia.
Stalemate on the Western Front—Development and Resolution
- Describe the development of the stalemate on the Western Front.
- Describe how the stalemate was broken and how the war was resolved.
Life Between the Wars
- Describe new social and intellectual patterns in European life.
- Analyze the peace treaty and the effects it had on major and minor powers.
- Summarize the rise of Hitler.
World War II: Hitler’s Rearmament Through Stalingrad
- Explain the interaction among appeasement, German expansion, and the German invasion of the east Lebensraum.
- Describe German warfare and the Allied responses.
- Compare the treatment of Western and Eastern Europeans under the Reich, Holocaust and Untermenschen.
- Describe the role of children in the Third Reich.
Winning the War and Creating the Peace
- Explain the diplomacy and strategy among the Allies as the war ended.
- Compare how Western and Eastern Europe responded to the new physical, economic, and political conditions of the post-war world.
- Describe the aftermath of World War II on Jewish people.