The student will demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide impact of World War I by

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The Great War/World War I

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide impact of World War I by

a) explaining economic and political causes, major events, and identifying major leaders of the war, with emphasis on Woodrow Wilson and Kaiser Wilhelm II;

b) explaining the outcomes and global effect of the war and the Treaty of Versailles.

c) citing causes and consequences of the Russian Revolution.
Essential Questions

  1. What were the factors that produced World War I?

  2. What were the major events of the war?

  3. Who were the major leaders?

  4. What were the outcomes and global effects of World War I?

  5. What were the terms of the Treaty of Versailles?

  6. Why did Russia erupt in revolution while fighting in World War I?

  7. How did communism rise in Russia?

Key Ideas

  • World War I (1914-1918) was caused by competition among industrial nations in Europe and a failure of diplomacy. The war transformed European and American life, wrecked the economies of Europe, and planted the seeds for a second world war.

  • Tsarist Russia entered World War I as an absolute monarchy with sharp class divisions between the nobility and peasants. The grievances of workers and peasants were not resolved by the Tsar. Inadequate administration in World War I led to revolution and an unsuccessful provisional government. A second revolution by the Bolsheviks created the communist state that ultimately became the U.S.S.R.

Notes World War I

Causes of World War I

Alliances that divided Europe into competing camps

Nationalistic feelings

Diplomatic failures


Competition over colonies

Major events

Assassination of Austria’s Archduke Ferdinand

United States enters war

Russia leaves the war

Major leaders

Outcomes and global effects

Colonies’ participation in the war, which increased demands for independence

End of the Russian Imperial, Ottoman, German, and Austro-Hungarian empires

Enormous cost of the war in lives, property, and social disruption

Treaty of Versailles

Forced Germany to accept guilt for war and loss of territory and pay reparations

Limited the German military
Causes of 1917 revolutions

Defeat in war with Japan in 1905

Landless peasantry

Incompetence of Tsar Nicholas II

Military defeats and high casualties in World War I
Rise of communism

Bolshevik Revolution and civil war

Vladimir Lenin’s New Economic Policy

Lenin’s successor—Joseph Stalin

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