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Welcome to World History with Mr. Polish! Our class will meet every Thursday from 8 – 9:15 am and your attendance there is required. Because we only meet one day a week, it is important that you maintain communication with me by e-mail if you are having any issues with me, school, or the work. My e-mail is bpolish@champscharter.org and I check it every day so expect me to get back to you no more than 24 hours after you have messaged me.

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“From Appeasement to War” HW

 READ THE WORLD HISTORY TEXTBOOK FROM PAGES 460-465.  DEFINE ALL 8 BOLD WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION)

  1. How did Japan and Italy violate international law in the 1930s? Why was the League of Nations incapable of stopping them?
  2. What did Hitler do against the Treaty of Versailles? Why did Western European powers want to appease Germany?
  3. Why did Italy, Germany, and Japan form an alliance? Why did the axis powers get involved in Spain?
  4. What did the Germans do in Guernica, Spain? How was this a suggestion of things to come?
  5. Why did Germany take over Austria and Czechoslovakia? Why did the French and British allow this to happen?
  6. How did Hitler break his promise to France and Britain and what did they vow to do about Poland?
  7. Why did Germany and Russia agree not to fight each other?
 

“The Axis Advances” HW

 READ THE WORLD HISTORY TEXTBOOK FROM PAGES 466-474.  DEFINE ALL 8 BOLD WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION)

  1. What were Germany’s first actions in WWII? Why were France and England unable to stop the German advance?
  2. What did the Germans force the French to do once they defeated them? What happened to the French who opposed the Nazis?
  3. How did Germany attempt to conquer Britain? Why was Hitler’s plan unsuccessful?
  4. Why did the Germans invade the Soviet Union? How come they were not able to conquer Russia?
  5. What were Hitler’s beliefs about the Slavs of Europe and the Eastern European countries they resided in? What did the Nazis do with Jews and political opponents in the occupied countries?
  6. What groups did the Nazis target for discrimination? What did the Nazis do in their attempt to exterminate the Jewish people?
  7. What did the Japanese claim was their mission in Asia? What was their real goal and how did they attempt to do this?
  8. How did Franklin D. Roosevelt attempt to support the British before 1942?
  9. What U.S. actions angered the Japanese in 1940? Why did the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor?

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“The Allies Turn the Tide” HW

READ THE WORLD HISTORY TEXTBOOK FROM PAGES 475-483.  DEFINE ALL 6 BOLD WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION)

  1. What did the governments of the allied forces do to wage total war? How were Japanese Americans treated in the U.S.?
  2. How did women help in the war effort? What stereotypes of women did this disprove?
  3. What was decided at the Tehran Conference of 1943? Why did Stalin believe that the U.S. and Britain wanted to weaken the Soviet Union?
  4. How were the Russians able to defeat the Germans in Stalingrad?
  5. How did the Allies begin their 1944 assault on Germany? What were they ultimately able to accomplish in D-Day?
  6. How did the Allies attack Germany after D-Day? Are these kinds of attacks justifiable in war?
  7. What were the different goals of the major powers at the Yalta Conference? What did they ultimately agree to?

“Victory in Europe and the Pacific” HW

 READ THE WORLD HISTORY TEXTBOOK FROM PAGES 484-487.  DEFINE ALL 8 BOLD WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION)

  1. What were the two main reasons why the Allies were able to defeat Germany?
  2. What was the U.S. strategy to defeat Japan before the use of the atom bomb?
  3. Why did President Harry Truman decide to drop the A-Bomb on Hiroshima? Was this a just decision?
  4. Why was the A-Bomb dropped on Nagasaki? Was this a just decision?

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“The End of WWII” Homework

 READ THE WORLD HISTORY TEXTBOOK FROM PAGES 488-493.  DEFINE ALL 7 BOLD WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION)

  1. How many people were killed in the war? How did the war affect Europe?
  2. What did the Allies do to punish Axis leaders who had committed war crimes? What did the Western Allies do to help rebuild the conquered countries?
  3. Why was the United Nations established? What powers does it have?
  4. What were the main differences between the Soviet Union and the capitalist allies? Why did the Cold War begin?
  5. How did Truman respond to Soviet aggression in Europe? What was his plan to encourage countries to remain capitalist?
  6. Why was Germany divided between the Soviet Union and the capitalist countries? Why did the capitalist allies airlift food and fuel to East Germany?
  7. What were the main opposing alliances of the Cold War? What kind of countries “supported” the Soviet Union?
  8. Why did genocides occur in Cambodia and Rwanda?

“The Cold War Unfolds” Homework

READ THE WORLD HISTORY TEXTBOOK FROM PAGES 502-510.  DEFINE ALL 10 BOLD WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION)

  1. What were the two main military alliances during the Cold War? Why was the Berlin Wall built?  What did this Wall show the world?
  2. How did workers revolt against the Soviet Union in East Berlin in 1953? How did the Polish people challenge communism in the 1950s?
  3. How did the Hungarian leader Imre Nagy challenge communism in Hungary? What did the Soviet Union do in response?
  4. What was the Prague Spring? How did the Soviet Union respond to it?
  5. What did the Soviet Union develop in 1949? What did both sides in the Cold War have by 1953?
  6. What was mutually assured destruction? How did the U.S. and the Soviet Union attempt to limit nuclear weapons in 1969?
  7. Why were anti-ballistic missiles seen as such a threat? How did Ronald Reagan violate the SALT agreements? 
  8. What was détente and why did it end in 1979?
  9. What happened in China in 1949? What did the U.S. fear because of this?
  10. What happened in Cuba in 1959? What did Castro do when he came to power in Cuba?
  11. How did JFK try to overthrow Fidel Castro? What did the Soviet Union do in response to this?
  12. How did JFK respond to the Cuban Missile Crisis? How was war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union ultimately averted?
  13. Who succeeded Stalin and how did he shock Communist Party leaders in 1956? What happened to people who spoke out for civil liberties in the Soviet Union?
  14. What was the U.S. strategy toward communist nations? What did people in the U.S. do because of the dangers of nuclear warfare?
  15. What was the Red Scare? Who was Joseph McCarthy and what was McCarthyism?
  16. What was HUAC and what did they try to do in 1947? What happened to people who were seen as communists in the U.S. during this time?