Ch 29: 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.

9 Lessons in Chapter 29: 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

Near the end of the Middle Ages, European commerce increased and helped spur the Industrial Revolution. Discover how mercantilism and the New World influenced the Commercial Revolution, and understand how the Commercial Revolution influenced banks, joint-stock companies, and inflation.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

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

European colonization and the voyage of Christopher Columbus permanently effected the development of the Americas. Learn why Europeans sailed to the Americas, what effect European diseases had on Native Americans, and how horses and metal tools impacted native societies.

Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances

4. Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances

International tension between countries in Europe leading up to World War I took the forms of complex political, social, and alliance relationships. Learn about the European powers, entangled alliances, and how strong identities in the form of 'isms' led to tension.

The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

5. The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

The Russian Revolution was a series of rebellions that ended the imperial government in Russia. Learn about the Revolution of 1905, the February Revolution, and the October Revolution, and then explore the aftermath and implications of each.

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

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

The provisional government in Russia was created due to the dissatisfaction of the people with the Czar and his rulership. Study the first Russian Revolution, an overview of Russian politics, Bloody Sunday, and post-revolution chaos.

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

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

The Bolsheviks triumph was the military victory of the Bolshevik Red Army over the White Army during the Russian Civil War, which secured communist rule in Russia. Learn about the battles, key events, and shift of power during the Russian Civil War.

The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

8. 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

9. 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.

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