Exam Date:  5/6

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Key Terms

Versailles & Russia (1917-1935)

A Broken World 
(Europe:  1920s-30s)

  • WWI (1914-18)
    • Paris Peace Conference
      • Mood
        • Georges Clemenceau
        • Woodrow Wilson
      • Versailles Treaty
  • Russia (1917-1935)
    • Background:  Terms
      • Socialism
      • Communism
    • Background:  History
    • Revolution/Civil War
    • Lenin
      • Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
      • Leninism
    • Stalin
      • Emergence
        • Purges
      • Five Year Plan
  • Italy
    • Mussolini
      • Fascist Reforms
  • Germany
    • Weimar Republic
      • Inflation
        • Hitler's Rise
        • Beer hall Putsch
        • Mein Kampf
  • Dawes Plan
  • Nazi in Power
    • Economics
      • New Economic Policy
    • Anti-Semitism & Holocaust
      • Nuremberg Laws
      • "Final Solution"


Road to War 
(1930s Foreign Policy)

World War Two

  • Steps Toward War
    • Rhineland (1936)
    • Austria (1938)
    • Sudentenland (1938)
      • Mood
      • Munich Conference
      • Neville Chamberlain
      • Appeasement
    • Nazi-Soviet Pact 
    • Poland (1939)
  • German Conquest (1939-42)
    • Poland (1939)
      • Blitzkrieg
      • Axis & Allies
    • France (1940)
    • Battle of Britain (June, 1940-41)
    • Russian Invasion (June, 1941)
  • US (1939-12/7/41)
    • Neutrality & Japan
      • Pearl Harbor
  • Defeating Germany (1942-45)
    • Diplomacy/Big Three
      • Churchill
      • Stalin
      • FDR
    • The "Tide Turns"
      • Stalingrad (Winter 1942-43)
      • D-day (June 6, 1944)
        • Eisenhower
      • Dresden
      • Yalta Conference
      • Germany's Defeat (May 1945)
  • Defeating Japan (1942-45)
    • Island-Hopping
      • Atomic Bomb
  • Results


Short Answer

Describe the provisions of either the Versailles Treaty or Mein Kampf


Time Periods


Time Period

Great inflation in Germany


Mussolini comes to power


Hitler's Beer hall Putsch


Stalin's Five Year Plan


Hitler comes to power


Munich Conference


World War Two

1939-45 (exact dates needed)



·        There could be  question from the first half of the film “Shindler’s List”

·        The first part of “Saving Private Ryan” was shown in class as well as parts of “Triumph of the Will.”  References to these films should be included in the essays (depending upon which essay is chosen the day of the exam).  There also could be some short answer questions based upon information from the films.  As long as you were in class the day the film was shown, there will be no problem addressing these questions.


One question below will be chosen at random the day of the exam.

  1. Describe and evaluate the domestic policies and actions of Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, and Adolf Hitler as they rose to power in the 1920s and 1930s.  (Hint:  The essay should focus on the provisions & impact of Stalin's Purges & 5 Year Plan, Mussolini's Fascist Reforms, and the policies put into place by Hitler in Germany dealing with the economy & Jewish residents following the Nazi seizure of power).  Overall, which individual do you believe had the largest impact on the history of Western Civilizations in the 1920s & 1930s?  Explain.
  2. Many have argued the Versailles Peace Treaty that ended World War One actually was a major cause of World War Two because of its treatment of Germany.  Write an essay that outlines the provisions of the Versailles Treaty and traces the steps taken by Hitler's Germany that lead Europe on the "Road to War."  Do you believe the Versailles Treaty was an important cause of World War Two?  Why/why not?
  3. World War Two, and the way in which it was fought, had a major impact on the modern world.  Write an essay that focuses on the following themes associated with World War Two:  the use of new technologies, diplomacy (the need for the Allies to work together to defeat Germany), and the impact of war on civilian populations.

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