18) World War II


The U.S. Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington Virginia which depicts the raising of the American flag on the island of Iwo Jima. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)

This chapter is obviously one of the favorites of students, but we do cover the material in a different manner. During the education of students, they often only hear about this war from the perspective of the United States. In this class we cover how the rest of the world dealt with this war. This is not to say that we ignore the United States, but it is not the singular focus like it is in many other courses. We start by trying to explain the causes of this war with special emphasis in describing the conditions in Italy, Germany, and Japan that led to their aggressiveness. The war itself is covered in terms of overarching strategy instead of details of specific battles, however, some battles and heroes are covered based on what they did in history. The end of the unit results in a lengthy discussion about the justification of dropping the atomic bomb. We cover this issue from both sides and allow the students to debate this before writing a paper on the topic. This not only allows the students to think for themselves on a controversial issue, but it prepares them well for the next chapter (the Cold War)

This chapter is one that I am still in the process of developing from the content I have in other formats. Until I am able to make this a Web-based content structure (like that of Ch. 11) I have provided a link below to my class notes. This is only accessible to students in my course, but this will change soon.

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