US History Timeline

By Sarah Banker

1870 Triple Alliance

In 1870, as part of its plan to unify Germany, Prussia forced France to give up territory along the German border. As a result, France and Germany became enemies. To protect itself, Germany signed alliances with Italy and with the huge empire of Austria-Hungary, which controlled much of southeastern Europe. This became known as the Triple Alliance.
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1870 France gave up Territory

As part of their plan to combine Germany with Prussia, Prussia forced France to give up territory along the German border. This led to a fight between them.

1894 Franco Russian Alliance

Opposing interest of Germany and Hungry, meaning that the enemy of the enemy was their friend, because they are all against the same country.
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1898 Germany began building a navy

With Germany beginning to build a large navy, the British were threatened by it. They soon went to build warships.

1908 Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia

In 1908 Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia, which had belonged to the Ottoman Empire, outraging the Serbs. But this annexation let Serbia and everyone know that they had no intention of allowing the Slavs to make their own countries. Which leads to nationalist groups forming, sometimes they are extreme

1915 Germans started using U-Boats

In February of 1915 Germans started using U-Boats to sink without warning any ship they found around Britain.
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1915 Germans started to use poison gas

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1915 U-Boat sank the British passenger ship the Lusitania

U-Boat sank the British passenger ship the Lusitania killing over 1,000 passengers including Americans
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1916 American Election year

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1916 The British introduced the armored tank

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1917 Zimmerman Telegram

Jan 1917 Zimmerman sends a telegram promising American land to Mexico if they would declare war on the US
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1917 Restart U-Boat attacks

1917 Restart U-Boat attacks sink 7 more American ship - unrestricted warfare
  • Leaders believed that if they could starve Britain into submission
  • Germans figured that America wouldn't have time to get a military together before the war was over

1917 President Wilson petition for War

1917 President Wilson petition for War on German
  • Congress approves and the US is at war

1917 World War I devastates Europe

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1917 In March riots broke out in Russia

1917- In March riots broke out in Russia causing Nicholas II, the leader of the Russian Empire to leave his thrown thus causing riots in the empire.

1917 A Communist government established

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1917 the Battle of Passchendaele

Australian soldiers load an artillery shell during the Battle of Passchendaele
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1917 American expeditionary force arrives in Paris

American expeditionary force arrives in Paris, making their first public display of World War I.

1918 Lenin agrees to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany

The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was a peace treaty with the German forces.
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1918 Battle of the Argonne Forest

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1918 Germany launched its last offense

1918 Germany launched its last offense against the British Fifth army in World War I.

1918 American and French troops blocked the Germans from Paris

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1918 Poland, Hungary, & Czechoslovakia declared independence

Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia declared independence by Austrian empire given into the alleys
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1918 Germany became a republic

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1919 Treaty of Versailles

The Germans signed the Treaty on June 28th and this treaty reduced the size of their troops and made them accept full responsibility for the war.

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