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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson F: The Failure of Democracy and Return of War

Review and Assessment


After World War I, treaties were signed to prevent wars and there was hope that the League of Nations would stop war. These, other diplomatic efforts, and the policy of appeasement were ineffective in stopping the aggressive actions of Germany, Italy, and Japan. The result was the outbreak of World War II in Europe. The Allies faced difficulty in the early years of the war while the Axis Powers, led by Hitler and Mussolini, were more successful in their quest for empire.

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Review your completed Student Resource: Timeline Graphic Organizer to consider the causes of World War II prior to completing the assessment.

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Classroom Activity - Causes of World War II

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Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  1. What were the three most significant causes of World War II? Defend your answer.
  2. Do your identified causes support or refute the idea that democracy had failed in preventing World War II? Explain.

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