World War II and the Postwar World This essay will focus on analyzing some of the primary source material that has been assigned for each topic.
These primary sources are available in the Sources of Western
Society, Volume 2 textbook assigned for this course, Secondary source reading: Understanding Western Society, pp. 853-899
Primary source reading: Sources of Western Society, pp. 527-531, 533-536, 544-547. The most transformative conflict in history, World War II impacted the entire globe and set the stage for the Cold War. As the war raged, the leaders of the Allies met several times to direct the course of the fighting and to begin planning for the postwar world. With the defeat of Germany and Japan, their plans were put into action.