Ch 30: 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 30: Overview of World War I
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The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI

1. The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI

Europe was considered a 'powder keg' in the years leading up to World War I. Learn what it meant to be a 'powder keg' and the factors that led to this instability, including shifting geopolitical dynamics and entangling alliances. Examine the spark that ignited the 'powder keg' and how it figures in historical debate.

World War One: On Land, at Sea & In the Air

2. 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.

Famous Battles of the First World War

3. 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.

Diplomacy of World War One: Secret Agreements & Diplomatic Arrangements

4. Diplomacy of World War One: Secret Agreements & Diplomatic Arrangements

Diplomatic history is a major part when discussing World War I, beginning with the July Crisis. Learn about the Treaty of London, the Zimmermann telegram, the treaty of both Brest-Litovsk and the Treaty of Versailles, along with the Skyes-Picot Agreement and the Balfour Declaration.

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.

The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I

6. 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.

Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War

7. Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War

World War I was a massive, global conflict that involved over thirty countries. Investigate the political, economic, and social impact and learn the consequences for the countries involved in that conflict.

The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

8. 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.

The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation

9. The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation

Spanning from 1922 to 1991, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or U.S.S.R. (also called the Soviet Union) was the first communist state in the world. Learn more about the history of the U.S.S.R., its leaders, and the battles that led to the creation of the communist nation, such as The Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War.

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