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Peace at Great Cost

These resource identify the factors that led to the end of World War II. Use these resources to help students understand how the war was brought to an end, as well as the lasting consequences. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • What challenges did the two-front war present to the Allied effort? What strategy did the United States employ when fighting the Japanese in the Pacific?
  • Evaluate President Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb. Was his decision appropriate or inappropriate?
  • What role did the United States play in bringing World War II to an end? How important was the addition of U.S. troops to the Allied efforts in ending the war?


  1. Overview: Peace at Great Cost
  2. Visuals: Peace at Great Cost (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Transcripts: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-European Theater of War
  7. Lesson: 2-Pacific Theater of War
  8. Lesson: 3-From D-Day to Hiroshima
  9. Lesson: 4-Impact of the Big Three
  10. Lesson: Closing
  11. Investigate Activities: Dropping the Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  12. Glossary Terms: Potsdam Conference
  13. Photos & Illustrations: Hiroshima: atomic bomb mushroom cloud
  14. Photos & Illustrations: Holocaust: concentration camp
  15. Photos & Illustrations: World War II: celebration in New York City
  16. Photos & Illustrations: World War II: raising of flag at Iwo Jima
  17. Reference Articles: Atomic Bomb, Creation of the
  18. Reference Articles: Iwo Jima, Battle for
  19. Reference Articles: Midway, Battle of
  20. Reference Articles: Operation Torch
  21. Reference Articles: Yalta Conference
  22. Reference Articles: Okinawa, Battle of
  23. Political, Government & Court Documents: Operation Overlord Plans (1943)
  24. Political, Government & Court Documents: Yalta Conference (1945)
  25. Speeches: Truman, Harry: Hiroshima Atomic Bomb announcement (1945)

MLA Citation

"Peace at Great Cost." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153072?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153072

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