This WebQuests guides students to research and work to answer the provided essential questions dealing with the rise of dictatorships leading up to WWII.


  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > Anthropology
  • Social Studies > Economics
  • Social Studies > Geography
  • Social Studies > Government
  • Social Studies > Political Systems
  • Social Studies > Religion
  • Social Studies > Research
  • Social Studies > Sociology
  • Social Studies > Technology
  • Social Studies > Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Social Studies > World History
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Germany Japan Soviet Union Italy Hitler Stalin Mussolini dictatorship WWI WWII fascism communism



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Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-01-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This webquest is a challenging and thought-provoking examination of dictatorships in the years leading up to World War II. Students research the Russian Revolution, WWI, and the events leading up to WWII as they learn about factors that contribute to totalitarian rule. Students then use their research to work in groups to prepare for a series of culminating assignments to share with a panel of Asian nations. The online research is centered around key concepts; history, anthropology, economics, and government. All of the necessary materials are provided online. The lesson can be used as is or adapted to meet the individual ability level of the students or the time frame available to study the topic.

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