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 and Learning Objectives

Find out how the Franco-Prussian War played a role in the start of World War I and get details on some of the other factors that led to the war. The instructors who lead these lessons will introduce you to major battles and events that took place during the war and highlight the reasons for its end. After you've finished this chapter, you'll know about:

  • Triple Alliance and Triple Entente
  • Famous battles of WWI
  • Secret agreements and maneuvers
  • Creation of the U.S.S.R.
  • Consequences of the Great War

Video Objectives
The Franco-Prussian War and the Unification of Germany Details how this war affected relations between Germany and France and led to the German nation-state. Describes Alsace-Lorraine's transfer to Germany after the war and how Germany became a major European power.
Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War Examines how militarism, imperialism and nationalistic sentiment formed the basis for World War I. Identifies the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand as the catalyst for war.
The Powder Keg of Europe During WWI Offers reasons that Europe was a powder keg and introduces the spark that ignited it. Describes the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente.
World War One: On Land, at Sea & In the Air Details how warfare was conducted on land and identifies critical components of the sea and air battles that took place.
How World War I Affected Society in Europe & The US Describes the impact of the war on American and European societies. Lists efforts, like rationing and victory gardens, and illustrates the role that propaganda played on the war.
Famous Battles of the First World War: Lesson & Quiz Highlights well-known battles of WWI. Describes the reasons for these battles and how they impacted the war.
Diplomacy of World War One: Secret Agreements & Diplomatic Arrangements Lists major alliances of the war and secret agreements that ensued. Depicts the treaty that ended Russia's participation in the war and the treaty that ended the war.
WWI: America's Entry and Russia's Exit Describes the reasons American entered the war in 1917. Assesses how the fighting changed when Russia left the war and America entered it.
The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects Examines the events that led to the Russian Revolution of 1905, including the leaders involved. Recounts the February Revolution and October Revolution that took place during WWI.
The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation Details how the U.S.S.R. came about and the role the Bolsheviks played in its formation. Provides a short history of the Soviet Union and the individuals in power.
The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I Reviews the Armistice and the Paris Peace Conference. Looks at how the Treaty of Versailles ended the war.
Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War Describes how the war affected the countries that participated. Examines economic, social and political impacts on the world as a whole.

12 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.

How World War I Affected Society in Europe & The U.S.

5. How World War I Affected Society in Europe & The U.S.

In this lesson we will learn how World War I impacted the American and European societies. We will highlight the important events and themes associated with the World War I 'home front.'

Famous Battles of the First World War

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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 Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

9. 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

10. 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.

The Peace of Paris: Ending World War I

11. 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

12. 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.

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