June 4

posted Jun 4, 2012, 5:14 AM by Peter Knowles
RE-WRITES may still be turned in until this Friday, JUNE 8th 
If you have any SECOND SEMESTER ASSESSMENTS that you'd like to improve, re-submit them by then. 
(Check your email daily to see when your assessments have been graded to see if you want to re-do them)

Now it's time to turn our attention to the next and final assessment, focused on Chapters 17 & 19 in the textbook. Last week we looked at life between the wars, from the economic highs and lows, to the emergence of dictatorial leaders, to the start of war in Europe and Asia, to the entry of the United States into the war. That's a lot to deal with (hope you kept up on all your assignments!) but this week we'll be adding more, by looking at the actual war events and the end to it, too.

We'll begin by watching a short video to see how Germany began to move out from under the restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles and started moving toward what would become known as World War II. As you watch, think about this question:
How did people at the time (Hitler, other Germans, the British) justify changes to the Treaty of Versailles?

After the video, you'll have a chance to get started on tonight's homework, Reading Chapter 19, Section 1. And, as you read, create an outline of key ideas, people, events, and dates using a side-by-side table for the two areas discussed in the reading (Germany and Japan). You may want to use a Google Doc Template called "Chapter 19.1: Paths to War" to complete the assignment before class tomorrow.  

Aggressive moves by Germany and Japan set the stage for World War II. In 1935 Adolf Hitler began a massive military buildup and instituted a draft in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. In 1936 Hitler sent German troops into the Rhineland which alarmed France, but neither France nor Britain responded with force. In 1936, Germany and Italy became allies, as did Germany and Japan. Germany annexed Austria in 1938. Appeasement of Germany peaked at the Munich Conference where Hitler claimed he sought only one final territory, the Czech Sudetenland and Britain and France agreed to Hitler's demands. This soon proved false as Hitler continued his invasions. When Hitler signed the Nonaggression Pact with Stalin and invaded Poland, Britain and France declared war on Germany. Japanese expansion into Manchuria and northern China brought condemnation from the League of Nations. Japan was at war with China. In December 1937 Japan destroyed Nanjing and massacred 100,000 civilians and prisoners of war. Next, Japan was rebuked by the United States for its efforts to exploit resources in French Indochina.