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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson G: Theaters and Consequences of World War II

Opening: Overview of World War II

World War II is generally accepted to have begun on September 1, 1939, and lasted until September 2, 1945.


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Classroom Activity - 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.

  • What conclusions can be drawn about the extensiveness of World War II?
  • Why do you think a country such as Iraq switched from the side of the Axis Powers to the Allies?
  • Some countries chose neutrality during World War II even though there were some conflicts within the borders and citizens were sympathetic to the cause. Why do you think that countries such as Switzerland, Spain, and Sweden remained neutral throughout the war?

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