Twentieth-Century Europe

The Second World War, 1939-1945

I. Nazi Germany and the European Origins of World War II.

    A. Hitler's Goals: Lebensraum.

    B. Years of Caution, 1933-1934.

    C. Increasing Boldness, 1935-1937.

    D. Years of Success, 1938-1939.

        1. The German Economy and the Blitzkrieg.

        2. The Anschluss (March 1938).

        3. The Sudeten Crisis and the Seizure of Czechoslovakia, 1938-1939.

        4. The Polish Crisis, 1939.

II. World War II - The Asian Prelude, 1931-1941.

III. World War II - Phase I, 1939-1941: Axis Aggression.

    A. The Attack on Poland, September 1939.

    B. The Campaign in the West, Spring 1940.

    C. The Battle of Britain, 1940.

    D. The War Spreads, 1940-1941.

        1. The War in North Africa.

        2. The Balkan Campaigns.

        3. Japanese Advances in the Far East.

    E. The Nazi Invasion of Russia, 22 June 1941.

    F. The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.

IV. World War II - Phase II, 1942-1943: Axis Successes and Allied Counterattacks.

    A. Japanese Successes in the East, 1942-1943.

    B. German Advances in Russia, 1942.

    C. The U.S. Counterattack in the Pacific, 1942.

    D. The Allied Campaigns in North Africa, 1942-1943.

    E. Stalingrad, 1942-1943.

V. World War II - Nazi Occupied Europe.

    A. The Nature and Demands of Total War.

    B. The German New Order in Eastern Europe.

    C. Resistance Movements.

    D. The Holocaust.

VI. World War II - Phase III, 1943-1945: The Allies on the Offensive.

    A. The Invasions of Sicily and Italy, 1943.

    B. Russian Advances in the East, 1943-1945.

    C. The Normandy Invasion, 1944.

    D. The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944.

    E. The German Surrender, 1945.

    F. Island Hopping in the Pacific, 1943-1945.

    G. The Atomic Bomb, August, 1945.

VII. World War II: A Summing Up.



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