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Ch 50: Overview of World War I

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Examine the battles and causes of World War I through brief, engaging video lessons. Use the quizzes that follow each lesson to gauge your knowledge of key events that took place in 1914-1919.

Overview of World War I - Chapter Summary

Take a look at the events of World War I, including the factors that led to the start of the war and the activities on land, at sea and in the air. These short and flexible lessons introduce you to the war's diplomatic arrangements and the reasons for America's entry into the war. Our professional instructors help you assess political, social and economic consequences of World War I. After studying up on the end of the war, you'll delve into the Russian Revolution and the creation of the U.S.S.R. Topics you'll study up on in this chapter include:

  • Reasons for World War I
  • Europe's powder keg during the war
  • Well-known battles of World War I
  • Secret arrangements during the war
  • The Peace of Paris
  • Consequences of the war
  • Causes and effects of the Russian Revolution
  • History of the U.S.S.R.

Watch these quick lessons on your schedule from any location using your tablet or smartphone. Each video can be viewed in about five minutes and features illustrations and animations that bring World War I events to life. You'll find transcripts attached to each lesson with key terms identified in bold for easy reference. Conclude your study of each topic in this chapter with self-assessment quizzes then take the chapter exam to make sure you understand the material.

9 Lessons in Chapter 50: Overview 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.

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