Ch 23: AP World History: World War I

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Watch World War I video lessons and learn about the causes of the war, American involvement, the road to peace and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP World History course.

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

This chapter begins with an examination of the factors that led to World War I. You'll learn about the United States' initial position of isolation in the war and how the country eventually became involved. Lessons also cover the end of the war with the signing of the Peace of Paris. You can learn about the rise of communism in the Soviet Union and the ascension of Josef Stalin. Finally, you'll look into the causes of the Wall Street crash of 1929, which produced the Great Depression. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the events and factors that led up to World War I
  • Explain American involvement in the war
  • Describe the end of World War I and the terms of peace
  • Chronicle the rise of communism
  • Analyze the contributing factors to the Great Depression

Video Objective
Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War Discuss the events that contributed to the advent of World War I.
The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation and Intervention Learn about the United States' original position toward the belligerent nations in World War I.
American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry Analyze the changing course of the war after America's entry.
The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I Understand the factors that ended the war, including Russia's departure, and name the terms of peace.
The Rise of Communism and Vladimir Lenin Chronicle the rise of communism under the influence of Vladimir Lenin.
The Soviet Union Under Stalin Explore the Soviet Union's shift to totalitarianism under Josef Stalin.
The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes List the contributing factors that led to the Wall Street crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.

12 Lessons in Chapter 23: AP World History: World War I
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Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

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

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the tipping point for World War I to begin. Learn the causes that led to the war through the acronym MAIN: Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, and Nationalism.

World War I: Causes, Characteristics & Effects

2. World War I: Causes, Characteristics & Effects

In this lesson, we will identify the causes, characteristics, and effects of World War I. We will highlight key figures, events, and developments that relate to these aspects 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

World War One was the first war in which mechanized warfare was carried out on a large scale, waged on land, at sea, and in the air. Learn how warfare was conducted with the new technologies that made it possible: in trenches, by airplane, and by submarine.

The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention

4. The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention

The United States wanted to stay neutral in World War I until British ships carrying American passengers sank. Learn the overview of the official position of the US, their isolation as tension built up, and their intervention as announced through the Zimmerman note.

WWI: America's Entry and Russia's Exit

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

World War I was fought between two allied groups, the Triple Entente or Allied Powers and the Triple Alliance. Learn about the circumstances behind America's entry into and Russia's exit from WWI, as well as its effects on the war.

Famous Battles of the First World War

6. Famous Battles of the First World War

The First World War, which was fought between 1914 and 1918, included several significant battles. Learn about the more famous and major battles, including Tannenberg, Marne, Verdun, Somme, and Ypres. Review how each of these battles affected the war, and recognize the difference between Eastern Front and Western Front battles.

American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

7. American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

After struggling for almost three years to remain a neutral country, America officially became involved in World War I in April of 1917. Learn about American involvement in the war, the challenge of building troops and funds, and how the war changed after America's entry.

The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I

8. The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I

Near the end of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson developed a plan for peace in Europe. Learn about Wilson's 14-point peace plan, the Armistice of Compiegne that ended all hostilities, the results of the Paris Peace Conference, and the Treaty of Versailles, in which Germany accepted responsibility for the damage it had caused by starting the war.

The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

9. The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin was a communist revolutionary who helped orchestrate the Russian Revolution and emerged as the first Premier of the Soviet Union. Learn more about the rise of communism in Russia and how Lenin's political thinking was influenced by the German philosopher Karl Marx.

The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

10. The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

As one of the most vicious eras in the Soviet Union, the rule of Joseph Stalin negatively impacted his people and radically changed the country's economy. Discover more about Stalin's rule, including his rise, five-year plans, purges and policies, and his death.

The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

11. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

The United States' Great Depression began when the Wall Street stock market crashed in 1929. Explore the causes of this economic depression, including rampant stock market speculation, increasing consumer credit, and a failure of presidential leadership.

Racial Tension During & After World War I

12. Racial Tension During & After World War I

While the Civil War may have introduced the United States to a new type of racial tension, it was World War I in which these tensions became fully exposed. This lesson tells how a country that fought for freedom ended up giving birth, again, to the KKK.

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