Between the Wars
  • the post war world
  • the western democracies
  • fascist dictatorships
  • the Soviet Union

Common Core Standards

Suggested Student Objectives

  • describe popular culture, arts, and trends that emerged from 1919-1939
  • explain why democratic governments survived in the United States, Great Britain, and France during the post World War I era
  • identify the key factors that led to the rise of fascist dictatorships in Italy and Germany after World War I
  • examine the rule of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union


  • write a review of one literary work, painting, architectural design, or movie of the time period 1919-1939 and report on it to the class
  • read historical interviews of the Great Depression and write an article that relates a typical day in the life of a person living in this era
  • complete document based question from regents exam- Why did Italy and Germany turn to fascist dictatorships after World War I?
  • write a letter describing life in the Soviet Union to relatives who live in the United States as if you are a Soviet citizen under Stalin’s rule

Resource Links

GALE U.S. History in Context (login required) Search: Post World War I
Brain Pop (login required) The League of Nations: The First Stirrings on World Government
The Great Depression in Global Perspective

Suggested Additional Readings

Minds at War: the poetry and experience of the first world war (David Roberts)

All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque)

Behind the Urals: an American worker in Russia’s city of steel (John Scott)

The Diary of Anne Frank (Frank)

The Longest Day (Cornelius Ryan)


Unit 3 Quarterly Exam

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