World History Chronology

Evolution of Hominids

Foraging Societies

Settled Agriculture

Primary Urbanization

Classical Empires

Unification of Eurasia

Unification of the Hemispheres

Formation of World Culture

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The Second World War


Attempts to Maintain the Peace: 1922-1933

  • 1922: The Washington Conference presents a treaty on naval disarmament.
  • 1924: The Dawes Plan ends the crisis in the Ruhr.
  • 1925: The Lacarno Pact
  • 1928: The Kellogg-Briand Pact
  • 1929: The Young Plan

The Road to War: 1933-1939

  • 1933: Germany withdraws from the League of Nations.
  • 1935: Hitler denounces the disarmament clauses of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1936: Germany remilitarizes the Rhineland.
    • The Spanish Civil War begins.
    • The Rome-Berlin Axis is formed.
  • 1938: The Anschluss: Germany annexes Austria.
    • The Munich Conference: The Sudetenland is awarded to Germany; Chamberlain announces "Peace in Our Time."

The Second World War: European Theater: 1939-1945

  • 1939: Germany invades Czechoslovakia.
  • 1940: Germany conquers Denmark and Norway.
    • Germany conquers the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
    • Italy enters the war as Germany's ally.
    • France signs an armistice with Germany.
    • The Battle of Britain begins.
    • Italy invades Egypt and Greece.
  • 1941: Germany conquers Yugoslavia and Greece.
    • Hitler begins Operation Barbarosa and invades the Soviet Union.
  • 1942: British and American forces begin attacking in North Africa
  • 1943: Roosevelt and Churchill meet at Casablanca.
    • The Battle of Stalingrad ends with a German defeat.
    • German and Italian forces in Tunisia surrender.
    • American and British troops invade Sicily and Italy.
  • 1944: D-Day invasion of Normandy opens up a second front.
  • 1945: The Yalta Conference.
    • Germany surrenders.
    • Potsdam Conference.

The Second World War: Pacific Theater: 1931-1945


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