Much more than just an isolated incident in the history of humankind, the developing political climate in Europe had been brewing for a very long period of time. Alliances were formed, wars were fought over disputed territories, and bitter rivalries were established. What resulted was an epic-scale struggle for the domination of a continent and, perhaps, the world itself. For the first time in the history of warfare, aerial combat was used extensively. The trench-style warfare, complete with artillery fire, barbed wire, and chemical weapons, was unlike any conflict ever seen before. The aftermath of this brutal war would resolve little and, ultimately, pave the way for establishment of Nazi Germany and the next World War.
In this course, the major issues and causes of the First World War will be discussed, along with a summary of the major battles, powers, and personalities (both military and political) that shaped the events and ultimate outcome of this epic struggle. This information should give the student a working understanding of the basic history of the war and how it helped set the stage for the next tragic global conflict.
This course will examine the actions preceding the Great War, as well as the major events and battles of the confrontation itself, and the political and emotional consequences for the major powers following the war. Each lesson will examine a specific aspect or historical period of the conflict, concluding with a number of test questions for the purposes of retention and review. Throughout each lesson, where possible, extra information or alternate views of the events will be presented in sidebars to give the student a broader perspective of the entire ordeal and to maintain fairness to all sides involved. All battles are presented in chronological order.
Students will learn:
· WW1 terminology
· National powers involved in World War I.
· Contributing factors that lead up to World War I.
· Battle conditions as well as the new technologies implemented in the First World War.
· Major battles on the Western Front.
· Battles on the Eastern and Italian Fronts.
· Major battles taking place outside the Western and Eastern Fronts--namely the African, Gallipoli, Mesopotamian, and Palestinian Fronts, as well as the battles on the high seas.
· The outcomes of the war.
· The prominent Central Powers personalities during World War I.
· Notable figures that fought for the Triple Entente of England, France, and Russia.
· Notable figures for the Associated Powers.
· Lesson 1: Terminology & Structure
· Lesson 2: The Path to World War
· Lesson 3: Important Events before the Great War
· Lesson 4: 1914--The War Begins
· Lesson 5: Major Battles of the Great War--The Western Front
· Lesson 6: Major Battles of the Great War--Eastern and Italian Fronts
· Lesson 7: Major Battles of the Great War--Beyond Europe
· Lesson 8: The Conclusion and Aftermath of the War
· Lesson 9: Notable Figures of World War I (Central Powers)
· Lesson 10: Notable Figures of World War I (Entente Powers)
· Lesson 11: Notable Figures of World War I (Associated Powers)
· Final Review
|Lesson 1 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 1 Exam||17|
|France and Germany Prior to WWI||25|
|Lesson 2 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 2 Exam||15|
|Lesson 3 Assignment||25|
|The Ottoman Empire||20|
|Lesson 3 Exam||16|
|America Prior to 1914||20|
|Lesson 4 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 4 Exam||19|
|Lesson 5 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 5 Exam||14|
|Lesson 6 Assignment||25|
|The Battle of Asiago||20|
|Lesson 6 Exam||12|
|Lesson 7 Assignment||25|
|Third Battle of Gaza||20|
|Lesson 7 Exam||20|
|Lesson 8 Assignment||25|
|The Russian Revolution||20|
|Was it worth it?||25|
|Lesson 8 Exam||20|
|Lesson 9 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 9 Exam||19|
|Lesson 10 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 10 Exam||14|
|Lesson 11 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 11 Exam||13|
|Could World War I have been avoided?||25|