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Ch 12: World War I (1914-1919)

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Watch online video lessons to learn about the first world war and its indefinable impact on an international level. Take self-assessment quizzes to gauge how well you understand the material.

World War I (1914-1919) - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

While it's difficult to measure how much a certain event or series of events can affect a nation, continent, or world, it's safe to say that the Great War impacted life as most people knew it. Such a major phenomenon in the timeline demands attention, and understanding circumstances that led to its unfolding is both fascinating and important. In this chapter, you will be introduced to major causes, players, strategies, and alliances of the first world war. This chapter can help you understand the following about World War I:

  • How it got started and how it was fought
  • Renowned battles
  • Strategies and alliances
  • The United States' involvement
  • Economic, social, and political impacts
  • The Russian Revolution and the emergence of the U.S.S.R.

Video Objective
Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War Learn about circumstances and events, such as militarism, imperialism, and systems of alliances, that set the stage for WWI.
The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI Understand how the assassination of Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand affected the unfolding of events.
World War One: On Land, at Sea & In the Air Explore how the war was fought and how innovation impacted war strategy.
Famous Battles of the First World War Study some of the most important battles of WWI and learn how they affected the outcome.
Diplomacy of World War One: Secret Agreements & Diplomatic Arrangements Learn about what went on behind closed doors during the war between nations; discover what worked and what did not.
WWI: America's Entry and Russia's Exit Understand the significance of Russia's withdrawal from and America's entrance into the war.
The Peace of Paris Learn how a peace treaty to end the war was achieved.
Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War Examine how the war affected participating nations as well as the entire world.
The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects See what was going on in Russia that led to the Communist Revolution and its withdrawal from WWI.
The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation Learn about Stalin, the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and how communism affected the world.

10 Lessons in Chapter 12: World War I (1914-1919)
Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

1. 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.

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.

World War One: On Land, at Sea & In the Air

3. World War One: On Land, at Sea & In the Air

In this lesson, we will look specifically at the way World War I was waged on land, at sea, and in the air. We will explore how warfare was conducted within these contexts, and learn about the new technologies that made this possible.

Famous Battles of the First World War

4. Famous Battles of the First World War

In this lesson, we will learn about some of the famous battles of World War I. We will learn why these battles are important and how they affected the course of the war.

Diplomacy of World War One: Secret Agreements & Diplomatic Arrangements

5. Diplomacy of World War One: Secret Agreements & Diplomatic Arrangements

In this lesson, we will explore the diplomatic history surrounding World War I. We will highlight the systems of alliances and take a look at key diplomatic events, such as the Zimmermann telegram controversy and the Sykes-Picot Agreement.

WWI: America's Entry and Russia's Exit

6. WWI: America's Entry and Russia's Exit

In this lesson, we will learn about America's entry into World War I in 1917, and Russia's exit from the war between 1917 and 1918. We will learn about what led to these developments, and how they affected the course of the war.

The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I

7. The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I

In this lesson, we will learn about the end of World War I and the Peace of Paris. We will learn what events transpired to bring about the end of the war and what provisions were laid forth in the Treaty of Versailles.

Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War

8. Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War

In this lesson, we will explore the consequences of World War I. We will learn about the political, economic, and social impact the war had on the United States and Europe.

The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

9. The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

In this lesson, we will examine the Russian Revolution. We will see what events led to the revolution, and we'll learn how the revolution impacted Russia's involvement in World War I.

The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation

10. The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation

In this lesson, we will learn about the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, commonly referred to as the Soviet Union. We will learn what events brought about the emergence of the Soviet Union, and how it has impacted the course of world history.

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