World War II
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World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh

Why did the world find itself immersed in another global conflict only two decades after World War I?

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Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History


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Why did the world find itself immersed in another global conflict only two decades after World War I?

World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb introduces kids ages 12 to 15 to the political, military, and cultural forces that shook the globe from 1939 to 1945 and beyond. Middle school students examine the events leading up to, during, and after WWII and the repercussions of these events on populations around the world, from Germany's invasion of Poland to the resulting domino fall of events that engaged several countries and caused the deaths of 60 million people, including 40 million civilians. They also see how the dark side of Hitler's ideology was always present, eventually resulting in the Holocaust, the systematic murder of 11 million people, including 6 million Jews and other populations.

Through primary sources, essential questions, and engaging text, readers gain a comprehensive understanding of the politics, the economics, the strategy, and the human experience of this global conflict. What did the world learn from World War II? Could World War II ever happen again?

Try these hands-on projects and investigations!

  • Deconstruct patriotic songs of the era
  • Examine maps of Europe, Asia, and Africa during different time periods



What Was the Second World War?

Chapter 1
The First World War

Chapter 2
Hitler’s Rise to Power

Chapter 3
The War in Europe

Chapter 4
The Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Chapter 5
War in the Pacific and Asia

Chapter 6
War’s End

Chapter 7
Legacies of World War II