America and World War I

Unit 4

Understand the long term causes of WWI, the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles, and how both events shaped the European political environment post-war

ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS


  • Various "isms" caused WWI. (M.A.I.N.- Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Nationalism)
  • The U.S. was a reluctant participant in WWI but had a large impact on the outcome.
  • The aftermath of WWI set the stage for later events in the 20th century, including WW2 and the Cold War.
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CAUSES... MILITARISM, ALLIANCES, IMPERIALISM, NATIONALISM

What Events Drew America into World War One?

Zimmerman Telegram

Freedom of the Seas

Unrestricted Submarine Warfare

Sinking of the Lusitania

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES & CHANGES in the WAY of WAR

Trench Warfare

Machine Guns (fully automatic)

Airplanes
Tanks

Poison Gas

the WAR & AFTER

Allied vs. Central Powers

Stalemate on the Western Front

Isolationism/Neutrality (United States)

Contributions of AEF

Armistice with Germany

Treaty of Versailles

League of Nations

Henry Cabot Lodge

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Nearing the 100 year anniversary in 2014-2018 (1914-1918). How do American's remember their involvement in the Great War?