HST 256 : History of World War II

A one-semester study of the origins, causes, events, and consequences of World War Two (1939-1945). The course will consider the war from a variety of perspectives and will examine the political, diplomatic, military, economic, technological, and intellectual developments related to the war. Three lecture hours per week. Competency met: Humanities (6.0) Spring

  1. Evaluate the origins and causes of WWII within the global context of post-WWI conditions, which set the stage for the rise of Totalitarianism and the growing global crises of the 1920’s and 1930’s.
  2. Describe the impact of scientific and technological developments on the weapons technology by 1939 and its impact on the course of WWII.
  3. Explain the immediate events leading up to the outbreak of war in Europe in Sept. 1939. 
  4. Assess how Germany conquered most of Europe by 1942 and the Allied reaction to German military expansion.
  5. Describe the events in East Asia and the western Pacific, which led to Japanese military conquest and expansion from 1931 to 1942.
  6. Identify how the Allied powers (U.S., Great Britain and the U.S.S.R.) eventually stopped, and then finally defeated, the Axis powers.
  7. Evaluate the impact of the Allied victory on the post-1945 world.





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