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Ch 17: AP European History: World War I

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Watch online history video lessons and learn about politics of the early 20th century, social conditions leading up to World War I, causes of the war and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP European History course.

AP European History: World War I - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Lessons in this chapter introduce you to European events leading up to and during World War I. Instructors who teach this chapter will help you learn more about the history of the war, political and social conditions in Europe before war broke out and major events that took place during World War I. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with the following:

  • European political events before World War I
  • Pre-war economic conditions in Europe
  • Causes of the war
  • The League of Nations

Video Objectives
Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances Provides an overview of the political developments taking place in Europe in the early 20th century. Describes the growth of European alliances.
The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI Discusses the sources of tension among European leaders prior to World War I. Summarizes the economic, social and political conditions that characterized Europe before the war.
Triple Alliance and Triple Entente in Europe on the Eve of World War I Presents a summary of the state of political alliances in Europe. Describes these two major alliances.
Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War Details both the long-term and immediate events that ignited World War I.
End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations Summarizes the major events of World War I. Explains the terms of the Treaty of Versailles and describes how the League of Nations originated.

5 Lessons in Chapter 17: AP European History: World War I
Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances

1. Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances

In this lesson, we will study the tensions in Europe that led up to World War I. We will take a look at the nations involved, the alliances they made, the ideas they embraced, and the conflicts they fought.

The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI

2. The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI

In this lesson, we will explore the way in which Europe was a sort of 'powder keg' in the years leading up to World War I. We will examine the sources of tension among the European powers and explore how these played a role in the outbreak of World War I.

Triple Alliance and Triple Entente in Europe on the Eve of World War I

3. Triple Alliance and Triple Entente in Europe on the Eve of World War I

In this lesson, we will take a close look at the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente that were in effect on the eve of World War I. We will examine the rise of the alliances and learn about the countries that created them.

Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

4. Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

Although World War I began in Europe, it is important to take a look at World War I in relation to U.S. history as well. The U.S. was greatly affected by the war. In this lesson, we'll take a quick and direct look at the causes that led up the war and the assassination that was the final catalyst.

End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

5. End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

In this lesson, we will examine the Treaty of Versailles. We will explore the treaty's negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference, take a look at the treaty's terms, and discuss Germany's reaction to the treaty.

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