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In this course, the major issues and causes of World War l and ll will be discussed, along with a summary of the major battles, powers, and personalities (both military and political) that shaped the events and ultimate outcome of both epic struggles.  This information will give the student a working understanding of the basic history of these wars

With World War l we will learn about the developing political climate in Europe that caused the formation of  Alliances, wars were fought over disputed territories, and bitter rivalries were established. What resulted was an epic-scale struggle for the domination of a continent and, perhaps, the world itself. For the first time in the history of warfare, aerial combat was used extensively. The trench-style warfare, complete with artillery fire, barbed wire, and chemical weapons, was unlike any conflict ever seen before. The aftermath of this brutal war would resolve little and, ultimately, pave the way for establishment of Nazi Germany and the next World War.

Everything that had made the First World War such a monumental event was soon eclipsed by the colossal scale and impact of the next. World War II involved more nations and soldiers than any major war before or since. The technology was grander and more deadly. The villains were easily identifiable, worthy adversaries bent on global domination. The resistance to the Axis Powers; comprised of Germany, Japan, and Italy; was pushed to their limit in terms of providing soldiers and war materiel. The epic battles of World War II on land, through the air, and at sea were waged with ferocity unlike any other war--on two fronts.

The effects of both World War I and II cannot be underestimated, as they still impact lives and nations to this very day. The political re-structuring that occurred following the defeat of the Axis Powers left the world a very different place: the creation and use of nuclear arms, the establishment of the nation-state of Israel, the division of much of Eastern Europe, the rapid expansion of Communism throughout much of Asia and Europe, the division of Germany, America's rise to superpower status, and far more. Clearly, the aftermath and impact of these events cannot be emphasized enough.
 
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Course Lessons

  • World War l

    In the following lessons, the major issues and causes of the First World War will be discussed.
  • WWl: Terminology & Structure

    In order to understand this course, you must first be familiar with the terminology associated with this conflict.
  • WWl: The Path to World War

    This lesson defines the national powers involved in World War I.
  • WWl: Important Events before the Great War

    This lesson discusses the contributing factors that lead up to World War I.
  • WWl: 1914--The War Begins

    This lesson discusses battle conditions as well as the new technologies implemented in the First World War.
  • WWl: Major Battles of the Great War--The Western Front

    This lesson will discuss the major battles on the Western Front.
  • WWl: Major Battles of the Great War--Eastern and Italian Fronts

    This lesson will describe the battles on the Eastern and Italian Fronts.
  • WWl: Major Battles of the Great War--Beyond Europe

    This lesson briefly presents the major battles taking place outside the Western and Eastern Fronts--namely the African, Gallipoli, Mesopotamian, and Palestinian Fronts, as well as the battles on the high seas.
  • WWl: The Conclusion and Aftermath of the War

    This lesson will briefly summarize the outcomes of the war.
  • WWl: Notable Figures of World War I (Central Powers)

    This lesson presents the prominent Central Powers personalities during World War I.
  • WWl: Notable Figures of World War I (Entente Powers)

    This lesson presents the notable figures that fought for the Triple Entente of England, France, and Russia.
  • WWl: Notable Figures of World War I (Associated Powers)

    This lesson presents the notable figures for the Associated Powers.
  • WWl Final Review

    This lesson will list the battles of WW1 and present the Final Exam to complete this course on WW1.
  • World War ll

    The next series of lessons will focus on the events of WW2
  • WWll: Terminology, Part I

    Lesson 1: Terminology, Part I
  • WWll: Terminology, Part II and Course Structure

    Terminology, Part II and Structure for the study of WW ll.
  • WWll: Setting the Stage: The Fall of the Weimar Republic

    Setting the Stage of WWll: The Fall of the Weimar Republic
  • WWll: Adolph Hitler's Life & Career

    This lesson will focus on Adolph Hitler's Life & Career.
  • WWll: The Other Axis Powers: Italy and Japan

    This lesson will discuss the other axis powers: Italy and Japan
  • WWll: Opening Salvos & Germany Starts the War

    Opening Salvos; Germany Starts the War
  • WWll: The Phoney War

    The Phoney War
  • WWll: The Battles of France and Britain

    The Battles of France and Britain
  • WWll: The North African Campaign

    The North African Campaign
  • WWll: The Eastern Front

    The Eastern Front
  • WWll: The Italian Campaign

    The Italian Campaign
  • WWll: The Pacific Theatre

    The Pacific Theatre
  • WWll: The End of the War: Victories in Europe and Japan

    The End of the War: Victories in Europe and Japan
  • WWll: The Horrors of the Third Reich

    The Horrors of the Third Reich
  • WWll: The Aftermath of World War II

    The Aftermath of World War II
  • WWll: Prominent Figures of World War II: The Axis

    Prominent Figures of World War II: The Axis
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Course Title: World War l and ll
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
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Course Number: 7550441
Course Type: General Education
Course URL: http://worldwar1and2.onlineclasses.com
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define World War I terminology.
  • Describe the path to world war.
  • Summarize important events before the Great War.
  • Describe 1914 and the beginning of the war.
  • Summarize the major battles of the Great War--The Western Front.
  • Summarize the major battles of the Great War--Eastern and Italian Fronts.
  • Summarize the major battles of the Great War--beyond Europe.
  • Summarize aftermath of the war.
  • Summarize notable figures of World War I.
  • Define World War II terminology.
  • Summarize setting the stage for war: The Fall of the Weimar Republic.
  • Summarize Adolph Hitler's Life and career.
  • Summarize the other Axis Powers: Italy and Japan.
  • Describe the Phoney War.
  • Summarize the battles of France and Britain.
  • Describe the North African Campaign.
  • Summarize the Eastern Front, Italian Campaign, and the Pacific Theatre.
  • Summarize the end of the War.
  • Summarize the horrors of the Third Reich.
  • Summarize the aftermath of World War II.
  • Summarize prominent figures of World War II, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
IntroductionsAssignment5
Assignment 1: Teminiology of WWlAssignment15
Exam 1: WWl Terminology & StructureExam17
Assignment 2: The Path to WWlAssignment25
Exam 2: The Path to WWlExam15
Assignment 3: Events Leading to WWlAssignment25
Exam 3: Important Events before WWlExam16
Assignment 4: 1914- The War BeginsAssignment25
Exam 4: 1914- The War BeginsExam19
Assignment 5: WWl Battles on The Western FrontAssignment25
Exam 5: The Western Front Battles of WWlExam12
Assignment 6: WWl Battles on the Eastern and Italian FrontsAssignment25
Exam 6: Eastern and Italian Front for Battles of WWlExam13
Assignment 7: WWl Battles that took place beyond EuropeAssignment25
Exam 7: Beyond Europe Battles of WWlExam19
Assignment 8: The Conclusion and Aftermath of WWlAssignment25
Exam 8: The Conclusion and AFtermath of WWlExam20
Assignment 9: Notable Figures of WWl (Central Powers)Assignment25
Exam 9: Notable Figures of WWl of Central PowersExam19
Assignment 10: Notable Figures of WWl (Entente Powers)Assignment25
Exam 10: Notable Figure of WWl of Entente PowersExam14
Assignment 11: Notable Figures of WWl (Associated Powers)Assignment25
Exam 11: Notable Figures of WWl (Associated Powers)Exam14
The Final Exam for WWlExam27
Exam 13: Terminology, Part I (WWll)Exam140
Assignment 12: WWll Personal InterestsAssignment15
Exam 14: Terminology, Part II (WWll)Exam130
Assignment 13: Nazi Party RiseAssignment15
Exam 15: Setting the Stage: The Fall of the Weimar RepublicExam110
Assignment 14: Who was Hitler?Assignment35
Exam 16: Adolph Hitler's Life & CareerExam110
Assignment 15: Key Axis PeopleAssignment20
Exam 17: The Other Axis Powers: Italy and JapanExam110
Assignment 16: The Maginot LineAssignment15
Exam 18: Opening Salvos; Germany Starts the WarExam110
Assignment 17: The Phoney WarAssignment15
Exam 19: The Phoney War of WWllExam20
Assignment 18: Time LineAssignment15
Exam 20: The Battles of France and BritainExam120
Assignment 19: Why Africa?Assignment15
Exam 21: The North African CampaignExam120
Assignment 20: Stalin and Cold WeatherAssignment30
Exam 22: The Eastern FrontExam150
Assignment 21: Italian Campaign TimelineAssignment20
Exam 23: The Italian CampaignExam110
Assignment 22: United States InvolvementAssignment30
Exam 24: The Pacific TheatreExam140
Assignment 23: War EndsAssignment25
Exam 25: The End of the War: Victories in Europe and JapanExam130
Assignment 24: The HolocaustAssignment25
Exam 26: The Horrors of the Third ReichExam140
World War I and World War II: Compare and ContrastAssignment50
Assignment 25: IsraelAssignment15
Exam 27: The Aftermath of World War IIExam140
Assignment 26: HollywoodAssignment15
Exam 28: Prominent Figures of World War II: The AxisExam100
Assignment 27: American InvolvementAssignment25
Exam 29: Prominent Figures of World War II: The AlliesExam120
Total Points:2855
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