World War I


The First World War, originally referred to as, “The Great War” or “the War to end all Wars,” is an interesting study for a number of reasons. World War one is the first major war of the 20th century. It brings in the widespread use of modern technological weapons such as the machine gun, the airplane, the tank and poison gas. In addition, it begins an era of international politics which pits the importance of both ethnic and linguistic divisions against the forces of nationalism, and empire. Many historians argue that the first world war represents a transition from the innocence of an earlier age where war is viewed as heroic and courageous to a more realistic perspective that tells the true nature of such a complex phenomena as war. The end result is a world not only with a dramatically re-drawn political map, but a new era of modern global conflicts. Click “more” to see details about this unit, or click on Last year’s World War I Test to see the type of summative assessment you will be asked to complete. Click below to see the details as we continue through this unit.

The Details


Additional Resources and Enrichment

World War One Propaganda

Crash Course in World History, WWI

People’s History of American Empire-Video Adaptation

Crash Course Imperialism


About Cliff

Hi, my name is Cliff Des Marais and I teach 7th and 8th grade Social Studies at Bellows Falls Middle School in Bellows Falls, VT.
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