This dynamic presentation on the Western Democracies during the 20's and 30's provides visuals, video links, guided notes, and reflection questions to keep your students engaged for the entire lesson. Your students will understand how and why the Western Democracies did nothing while totalitarian states rose to power.
Between WWI and WWII the Western Democracies experienced a tumultuous period of social upheaval. While the United States became increasingly isolationist, Great Britain and France tried to keep the peace in Europe. The Great Depression would put increased pressures on all the governments of the world and create the conditions for radical leaders to take control.
Topics covered include:
♦ U.S. Isolationism
♦ Post WWI Europe
♦ The Myth of the Roaring 20s
♦ The Stock Market Crash
♦ The Great Depression
♦ The Dust Bowl
♦ FDR and the New Deal
♦ The League of Nations and its failures
♦ Japanese occupation of Manchuria
♦ Italian conquest of Ethiopia
♦ U.S. Neutrality
♦ The Munich Agreement
♦ Nazi/Soviet non-agression pact
There are eight links within the presentation to Youtube. The videos total ~30 minutes. Youtube links are checked weekly and updated when necessary.
This lesson takes me approximately two 60 minute periods to complete.
There are handouts for note taking along with reflection questions included with this presentation.
Check out the entire 1914-1945 series:
Lesson 1: Causes of WWI
Lesson 2: The Treaty of Versailles
Lesson 3: The Russian Revolution (coming soon)
Lesson 4: The Rise of Fascism
Lesson 5: Western Democracies in the Interwar Years
Lesson 6: World War II (coming soon)
Corresponding Movie Guides
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