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Ch 31: Battles & Consequences of World War I

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Watch these short video lessons to review famous World War I battles in addition to the social, political and economic consequences of this conflict. We'll also help you revisit events leading up to the Russian Revolution and the creation of the Soviet Union.

Battles & Consequences of World War I - Chapter Summary

Take another look at the political tensions and alliances characterizing Europe prior to the outbreak of World War I and re-discover how the use of trench warfare, chemical weapons, u-boats and airplanes set this war apart from previous conflicts. We'll also help you study World War I's famous battles and diplomatic arrangements in addition to the impacts of the U.S.'s entry and Russia's withdrawal from the war.

The second half of the chapter outlines conditions of the Peace of Paris as well as the economic and social consequences of the war. You'll re-examine the political revolutions occurring in Germany and Russia, the creation of the U.S.S.R., the rise of Vladimir Lenin and the brutal leadership of Joseph Stalin. The chapter concludes with a video covering the post-war policies designed to promote the growth of democracy in Europe. Lesson topics include:

  • Causes and characteristics of World War I
  • Battles of Tannenberg, Marne and Verdun
  • World War I diplomacy
  • U.S. and Russian involvement
  • The Peace of Paris' marking of the end of the war
  • Consequences of the war
  • The rise of the Soviet Union

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12 Lessons in Chapter 31: Battles & Consequences of World War I
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The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

10. 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.

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

11. 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.

Gains of Global Democracy After 1919: History & Summary

12. Gains of Global Democracy After 1919: History & Summary

In this lesson we briefly discuss the end of WWI and explore the proliferation of new states that occurred with the collapse of several central and eastern European empires.

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