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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What were some of the famous battles of World War I?
- What were some of the diplomatic and secret agreements of World War I?
- How did the Peace of Paris come about?
- How did World War I affect the participating countries economically and politically?
- What were the primary causes of the Russian Revolution?
- How was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics established?
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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.
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.
11. The American Expeditionary Force in World War I
Learn about the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, how it fared, and what it's accomplishments were. When you are finished take the quiz and see what you've learned.
12. David Lloyd George: Quotes, Biography & Facts
Great Britain needed a strong leader in World War I, and David Lloyd George was the man for the job. Read this lesson to learn how Lloyd George made a name for himself as a reformer and a wartime leader.
13. What is an Arms Race? - Definition, Cold War & WW1
If you're old enough to have lived through the Cold War, you probably know about one of the most famous arms races in history. But there have been others. Learn about some of the arms races of the twentieth century, then test your understanding with a quiz.
14. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker: Biography, Quotes & WW1
Eddie Rickenbacker was a race car driver, racetrack owner, fighter pilot and airline executive. He was called the 'ace of aces' as the top American ace during the First World War.
15. Shell Shock in WW1
Shell shock was a major issue that deeply affected soldiers in World War I, but the condition didn't stop with that war. Today, this much better understood condition is known as post-traumatic stress disorder. In this lesson, identify the key traits of this trauma, its effect on soldiers and the evolution of its recognition and treatment through the years.
16. The Role of U.S. Women in World War 1
During World War I, American women found themselves left behind in a world with few young men. Assuming a strong sense of patriotism and resilience, they took on new roles and fully supported the home front and the war effort.
17. What Was the Mandate System? - Definition & WWI
In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Mandate System, an attempt at collective security by the League of Nations in the wake of World War I. Although it was well-intentioned, the system created the roots of some of the world's present conflicts.
18. The Fall of the Ottoman Empire: 1914 & WWI
In this lesson we will learn about the fall of the Ottoman Empire as a result of its loss in World War I. We will highlight the key events and developments in this process, and place it in historical context.
19. WWI: Timeline and Dates
In this lesson we will learn about the key events of World War I in chronological order, including its start in 1914, the armistice in 1918, and the treaty 1919. We will explore the course of the war from a timeline perspective, and highlight some of the most important developments.
20. The Start and Causes of WWI
In the summer of 1914, a localized conflict quickly became a global war. In this lesson, learn about the causes of World War I and investigate how it began.
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