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- Explain the causes of World War I.
- Describe the official position of the United States in World War I.
- Understand how WWI was affected by America's involvement.
- Take a look at the end of WWI.
- Learn how Vladimir Lenin formed the communist government of the Soviet Union.
- Become familiar with the Soviet Union under Josef Stalin.
- Understand what led to the Great Depression.
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.
2. The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention
The United States' best option was to stay out of World War I. They had nothing to gain from getting involved. So, they tried to stay neutral, but as American interests started to lean toward the Allied Powers, many events happened to give the States the final push to enter the war.
3. American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry
As much as the U.S. wanted to stay neutral during World War I, it proved impossible. This meant the U.S. had to raise the forces and money to wage war. Find out how Americans played their part in WWI in this lesson.
4. 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.
5. The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin
In this lesson, we will examine the role Vladimir Lenin played as a leading architect of the communist system. We will explore his involvement in the Russian Revolution and the establishment of Soviet Russia.
6. The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies
In this lesson, we explore the brutal rule of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, from 1928 to 1953. Stalin radically transformed the economy of the Soviet Union, while also terrorizing its people.
7. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes
October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Learn about this event, including the factors that contributed to the collapse of the American economy.
8. Alvin York: Biography & Quotes
Learn all about Sergeant Alvin York, the man who single-handedly captured over a hundred German soldiers during World War I. When you've finished the lesson, you can use the follow-up quiz to test your own knowledge of Sergeant York.
9. Communism: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll learn the meaning of communism while briefly comparing it to capitalism. We'll then discuss different examples of communism. Finally, we'll discuss the significance of communism in the context of the Cold War.
10. Triple Entente: Definition & Members
This lesson will discuss the Triple Entente, an alliance that developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that helped to balance power in Europe and later served as a foundation for the allies during World War I.
11. U-boats: Definition & Facts
Learn about U-boats, the submarines used by the German navy to interrupt shipping lanes to the British Isles during World War I and World War II. They were the only German threat Churchill ever worried about.
12. Vladimir Lenin: Biography, Facts & Quotes
Vladimir Lenin was a Russian radical who led the Russian Revolution that overthrew the post-czar, provisional government. Read on to learn more about the architect and first leader of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, and then test your own knowledge of Vladimir Lenin with a brief quiz.
13. War Industries Board: Definition & Significance
To provide the materials for the U.S. effort in World War I, the federal government created the War Industries Board. Learn about this wartime agency and its significance, and then test your understanding with a quiz.
14. Bernard M. Baruch: Quotes, WW1 & Biography
In this lesson, learn about Bernard Baruch, who was a financial investor who served in several official and advisory roles from Woodrow Wilson's presidency through Harry Truman's. He was called the 'elder statesman' of his era.
15. The Birth of a Nation: Movie Summary & Explanation
The Birth of a Nation (1915) is a silent epic film that charts the course of two families through the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction. It is at once both a classic film in American cinema and one of the most racist movies ever created.
16. Gavrilo Princip: Biography, the Black Hand, WW1 & Quotes
Garvrilo Princip is a controversial figure, to say the least. He was a Slavic nationalist who virtually launched World War I. Read this lesson to learn more about Princip's role on the world stage.
17. Georges Clemenceau: Biography & WW1
If you're a World War I history buff, you may recognize the name Georges Clemenceau. While he was a very important figure during the war, Clemenceau was also a man of many talents. This lesson explores Georges Clemenceau's biography and involvement in WWI.
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