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Standard Type: History/Social Studies Date Implemented: 2003
12.1 United States History
12.1.8. Students will recognize and explain the origins and effects of World War II.
o Describe the rise of and aggression of totalitarian regimes in Germany, Italy, and Japan;
o Summarize the rise of Fascism, Nazism, and Communism in the 1930's and 1940's and the response of Europe and the United States;
o Explain the role of the Soviet Union;
o Explain appeasement, isolationism, and the war debates in Europe and the United States prior to the outbreak of the war; Relate the impact of mobilization for war, at home and abroad; Summarize the major battles, military turning points, and key strategic decisions;
o Explain the Holocaust and its impact;
o Describe the reshaping of the United States' role in world affairs after the war;
o Summarize the major changes in Eastern Europe, China, Southeast Asia, and Africa following the war.