Ch 33: European History: Geography, Colonization, WWI & Russia

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Study Europe's geography and history through the engaging video lessons that make up this chapter. Learn about the impact of colonization, events leading to World War I and Russian history.

European History: Geography, Colonization, WWI & Russia - Chapter Summary

This chapter starts off with an exploration of Europe's geography, including its boundaries, population distribution, cultural aspects and physical features. Professional instructors will guide you through lessons on the Commercial Revolution and the different ways that the economy was affected by European colonization. You'll study the tensions in Europe that led to World War I and discuss events of the war and its impact on European society. This chapter offers a timeline of the Russian Revolution and describes the governmental changes and power shifts in Russia that led to the rise of communism. Once you've finished the lessons in this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Describe Europe's climate and natural resources
  • Explain Christopher Columbus' relationship with Native Americans
  • Detail the ways that Europe was a powder keg during World War I
  • Describe the Triple Entente and Triple Alliance going into the war
  • Depict the causes and effects of the Russian Revolution
  • Detail the post-revolution chaos that impacted Russia's provisional government
  • Assess the triumph of the Bolsheviks
  • Describe Stalin's five-year plan and policies for the Soviet Union

You'll quickly become well-versed in European history and geography when you watch the short and engaging video lessons presented in this chapter. Our lessons are taught by subject experts who use graphics, animations and narration to make learning about European geography and colonization, Russia and World War I easy and fun. Self-assessment quizzes follow each lesson, so you can check your knowledge of the material before moving on to another lesson.

12 Lessons in Chapter 33: European History: Geography, Colonization, WWI & Russia
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Overview of European Geography

1. Overview of European Geography

Learn about the geography of Europe, including the physical features, natural resources, politics, population, culture, environment, and climate. See what you've learned by testing yourself with a short quiz.

The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

2. The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

In this lesson, we'll discuss the Commercial Revolution sparked by Europe's interaction with the New World colonies. We'll learn about how mercantilism, banking and joint-stock companies transformed the economic face of the European continent.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

3. Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

The earliest explorers in the Western Hemisphere left a legacy that would shape the development of the Americas permanently. No matter what they came looking for, Europeans left behind death, horses, and metal.

Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

How World War I Affected Society in Europe & The U.S.

7. How World War I Affected Society in Europe & The U.S.

In this lesson we will learn how World War I impacted the American and European societies. We will highlight the important events and themes associated with the World War I 'home front.'

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.

Provisional Government in Russia: Overview, Politics & Post-Revolution Chaos

9. Provisional Government in Russia: Overview, Politics & Post-Revolution Chaos

In this lesson, we explore the First Russian Revolution in 1905 and the representative government the revolution first instituted, in addition to the violent crackdown and chaos after its institution.

The Bolsheviks Triumph: Battles, Events & the Shift of Power

10. The Bolsheviks Triumph: Battles, Events & the Shift of Power

In this lesson we explore the Bolsheviks' rise to power in 1917 and their subsequent struggle to hold onto authority in Russia during the Russian Civil War.

The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

11. 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

12. 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.

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