Themes by Topic

Illinois 16 Understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States and other nations.

16.11.106 Understand the causes, course, and outcome of World War II (e.g., how the failure of the League of Nations contributed to the outbreak of World War II; the role of appeasement, nonintervention, and domestic distractions in Europe and the U.S. prior to the outbreak of war; major turning points of the war, including the attack on Pearl Harbor and the battles of Midway, Kursk, Normandy, Iwo Jima, and the Battle of the Bulge; principal theaters of conflict, key strategic decisions of the war; political, diplomatic, and military leaders, including Churchill, Roosevelt, Emperor Hirohito, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, MacArthur, and Eisenhower; the internment of Japanese Americans and the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan.