Using lectures, mapping, games, photos, and political cartoons, we take a tough and gory subject and turn it into a series of engaging lessons in this ToolBook. In it we cover the following components of World War I: The causes; geography; trench warfare; key turning Points (The Russian Revolution and the Americans entering the war); the human cost; tragedy in Armenia; Treaty of Versailles; the consequences; disillusionment; and the "Lost Generation."
In the "World War I" ToolBook, we analyze the causes, results, and events of the First World War:
THE CAUSES The Causes: Political and economic rivalries, ethnic and ideological conflicts, propaganda and nationalism. The definition of "Total War."
THE COURSE OF THE WAR The principal theaters of battle, major turning points, and the importance of geographic factors.
THE NATURE OF THE WAR What is trench warfare? The human costs (military and civilian) of the war. How colonial peoples contributed to the war effort.
THE TURNING POINTS The Russian Revolution, confident that Germany would win. The entry of the United State, certain that Germany would lose.
THE RESULTS The aims and negotiating roles of world leaders. The terms and influence of the Treaty of Versailles. Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points. The impact of the U.S. not joining the League of Nations. Refugees, the Great Depression, and the changing borders of Europe and the Middle East.
GENOCIDE IN ARMENIA The Ottoman government's actions against Armenian citizens.
THE VERSAILLES TREATY The peace treaty that ended World War I became one of the causes of World War II.
POLITICAL & ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES The map of Europe was redrawn, refugees wandered through Europe, and reparations payments helped launch the Great Depression!
DISILLUSIONMENT Post-war disillusionment with institutions, authorities, and values. The rise of Totalitarians. The the influence of World War I on literature, art, and intellectual life in the West. Pablo Picasso, the "Lost Generation" of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway.
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