Ch 10: World War I Summary

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This comprehensive chapter helps you review the events of World War I. The simple and effective lessons covering the war's causes, aftermath and U.S. involvement.

World War I Summary - Chapter Summary

These World War I lessons provide a straightforward, yet comprehensive summary of the causes, events and effects of World War I. Our expert history instructors walk you through precursors to the war and give you an understanding of the United States' official position and involvement. You'll also take a look at other historical events around that time period, including the Spanish-American War and the Russian Revolution. After finishing the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe American imperialism around the world
  • Understand the causes, goals and results of the Spanish-American War
  • List factors that led to World War I
  • Describe the United States' involvement in WWI
  • Understand the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations
  • Outline the causes, effects and timeline of the Russian Revolution

This chapter offers a fast and efficient method to reviewing the most important concepts related to WWI. You can make sure you fully understand these history concepts by taking the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson. Lesson transcripts are available to print and you can watch lessons as many times as needed. If you want to jump to a specific topic in a lesson, simply use the interactive video timelines. We've made these lessons accessible on any computer or mobile device so you can study wherever it's convenient, whether it's on-the-go, at home, in the office or at school.

7 Lessons in Chapter 10: World War I Summary
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American Imperialism Around the Globe

1. American Imperialism Around the Globe

In this lesson, you'll explore the history of American imperialism and discover how imperialism can appear in many different ways. Afterwards, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results

2. The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results

The Spanish-American war was a new kind of war involvement for the U.S. It was not for freedom, it was not an internal conflict. It was fought over expansion and the idea of spreading American influence in the Caribbean and in the Philippines.

Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

3. 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 United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention

4. The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention

The United States' best option was to stay out of World War I. They had nothing to gain from getting involved. So, they tried to stay neutral, but as American interests started to lean toward the Allied Powers, many events happened to give the States the final push to enter the war.

American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

5. American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

As much as the U.S. wanted to stay neutral during World War I, it proved impossible. This meant the U.S. had to raise the forces and money to wage war. Find out how Americans played their part in WWI in this lesson.

End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

6. End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

In this lesson, we will examine the Treaty of Versailles. We will explore the treaty's negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference, take a look at the treaty's terms, and discuss Germany's reaction to the treaty.

The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

7. 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.

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