The Great War, renamed World War One in the 1930s, was a turning point in world history. It resulted in major changes that continue to shape the world today, including the Russian Revolution, the emergence of the US as a world power, the division of the Middle East, the creation of new countries in eastern Europe, and the weakening of Europe's empires in Africa and Asia.
In this unit students learn about key aspects of the war, including...
its long-term causes and the events that triggered it
the new weapons that made the war so deadly
the battlefield experiences that traumatized a generation of young men
the expansion of state power
the experience of people back home who were expected to support the war effort in many ways
How World War One Started: Serbia and the Balkan Wars