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Ch 1: Reasons for World War I

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The Reasons for World War I chapter of this History of World War 1 Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the tensions and events that led to the outbreak of WWI. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts behind the reasons for WWI.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering causes of WWI material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the tensions and political climate leading up to World War I. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with WWI
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning WWI history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the course to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the reasons for WWI chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the reasons for World War I chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any WWI history question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the causes of the First World War for a standard WWI history course. Topics covered include:

  • Political and social tensions leading up to WWI
  • The effects of European imperialism
  • Nationalism and its effects in global politics
  • The Franco-Prussian and Russo-Turkish Wars
  • Bloody Sunday and tensions in Ireland

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Reasons for World War I
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

1. Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

Although World War I began in Europe, it is important to take a look at World War I in relation to U.S. history as well. The U.S. was greatly affected by the war. In this lesson, we'll take a quick and direct look at the causes that led up the war and the assassination that was the final catalyst.

Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances

2. 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.

European Imperialism: Characteristics, Motives & Effects

3. European Imperialism: Characteristics, Motives & Effects

This lesson will explore European imperialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. In doing this it will define New Imperialism and explain how economic growth, national rivalries, and moral superiority motivated it.

How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

4. How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

Nationalism has the ability to provide tremendous benefits to a society, but also the capacity to wreak devastation if its power is misused. In this lesson, we'll take a look at nationalism's impact on the world stage.

Militarism: Definition & Examples

5. Militarism: Definition & Examples

Militarism is the belief that the military should play a central role in society. It usually features high government spending and aggression with neighbors. We look at three examples and then note the role of militarism in the First World War.

The Franco-Prussian War & the Unification of Germany

6. The Franco-Prussian War & the Unification of Germany

In this lesson, we will learn about the Franco-Prussian War and the unification of Germany. We will explore how these events helped set the context for French-German conflict in World War I.

Trouble in the Ottoman Empire: The Russo-Turkish War

7. Trouble in the Ottoman Empire: The Russo-Turkish War

This lesson explains the importance of the Russo-Turkish War of the late 19th century. In doing so, it highlights some of the conflict in the Balkans, as well as the treaties of San Stefano and Berlin.

The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday

8. The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday

In this lesson, we explore the centuries-old rivalry between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, and the political and military struggle for the six northernmost counties in Ireland during the thirty-year period known as 'The Troubles.'

Triple Alliance and Triple Entente in Europe on the Eve of World War I

9. 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.

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