Ch 2: The First World War (1914-1918)

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Watch online video lessons to learn about events before and during World War I. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these history topics.

The First World War (1914-1918) - Chapter Summary

There were many factors that led to the cause of World War I. In this chapter, you can learn about the conditions in Europe that led to the war as well as take a look at famous battles of this war, where the war was fought, and how the war ended with peace in Paris. You will have many resources to assist you in in your studies as you work on this chapter. Use the lesson quizzes to check your understanding, ask an instructor if you have questions, and monitor your progress from your Dashboard. This chapter is available at any time and on any internet-connected device. The lessons in this chapter will prepare you to be able to:

  • List the causes of WWI
  • Understand the powder keg of Europe during WWI
  • Describe the secret agreements and diplomatic arrangements that occurred during the war
  • Explain how the war took place on land, at sea, and in the ear
  • Discuss the entry of America into WWI and the exit of Russia
  • Describe the end of the war
  • Identify the social, economic and political consequences of WWI
  • Explain the role of the Franco-Prussian War on the unification of Germany
  • Summarize the gains in global democracy after 1919

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: The First World War (1914-1918)
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The Franco-Prussian War & the Unification of Germany

1. 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.

Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

2. 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.

The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

Gains of Global Democracy After 1919: History & Summary

10. Gains of Global Democracy After 1919: History & Summary

In this lesson we briefly discuss the end of WWI and explore the proliferation of new states that occurred with the collapse of several central and eastern European empires.

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