World War One World History: Nilsen
They called it the Great War
How could this happen?
We can understand why this happened.
We need to understand the story.
The war had several causes.
National rivalries played a large role.
Social Darwinism led to tensions.
Military arms races  led to conflict.
Colonial competition led to hostility.
Interlocking alliances removed flexibility.
Balance of Power requires flexibility.
The Central Powers allied together.
The Triple Entente allied together.
An assassination sparked the war.
A Serbian patriot  assassinated  Franz Ferdinand.
Serbia was allied with Russia.
Timetables forced a war.
The fighting began.
The war had two fronts.
Germany acted on the Schlieffen Plan.
The Eastern Front was  eventually a stalemate.
The Western Front was a stalemate.
The stalemate was extremely costly.
Trench warfare led  to many casualties.
Military technology became far deadlier.
Millions died; more were injured.
America’s entry changed everything.
The Zimmermann  Telegram  made America  enter.
American forces  turned the tide.
The Triple Entente was victorious.
The war’s resolution was complicated.
Woodrow Wilson created  the Fourteen Points.
The Fourteen Points were very idealistic.
Many had  objections  to them.
They were central to peace negotiations.
The treaty resolved  territory and punishments.
Traditionally, the  winners punished the losers.
The victors  gave  Germany  immense fines.
They also created many new nations.
The League of Nations was created.
The most important  principle was disarmament.
“ Collective Security” was a vital concern.
The League of Nations failed miserably.
They called it the Great War
How could this happen?
We can understand why this happened.
We need to understand the story.
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  1. 1. World War One World History: Nilsen
  2. 2. They called it the Great War
  3. 3. How could this happen?
  4. 4. We can understand why this happened.
  5. 5. We need to understand the story.
  6. 6. The war had several causes.
  7. 7. National rivalries played a large role.
  8. 8. Social Darwinism led to tensions.
  9. 9. Military arms races led to conflict.
  10. 10. Colonial competition led to hostility.
  11. 11. Interlocking alliances removed flexibility.
  12. 12. Balance of Power requires flexibility.
  13. 13. The Central Powers allied together.
  14. 14. The Triple Entente allied together.
  15. 15. An assassination sparked the war.
  16. 16. A Serbian patriot assassinated Franz Ferdinand.
  17. 17. Serbia was allied with Russia.
  18. 18. Timetables forced a war.
  19. 19. The fighting began.
  20. 20. The war had two fronts.
  21. 21. Germany acted on the Schlieffen Plan.
  22. 22. The Eastern Front was eventually a stalemate.
  23. 23. The Western Front was a stalemate.
  24. 24. The stalemate was extremely costly.
  25. 25. Trench warfare led to many casualties.
  26. 26. Military technology became far deadlier.
  27. 27. Millions died; more were injured.
  28. 28. America’s entry changed everything.
  29. 29. The Zimmermann Telegram made America enter.
  30. 30. American forces turned the tide.
  31. 31. The Triple Entente was victorious.
  32. 32. The war’s resolution was complicated.
  33. 33. Woodrow Wilson created the Fourteen Points.
  34. 34. The Fourteen Points were very idealistic.
  35. 35. Many had objections to them.
  36. 36. They were central to peace negotiations.
  37. 37. The treaty resolved territory and punishments.
  38. 38. Traditionally, the winners punished the losers.
  39. 39. The victors gave Germany immense fines.
  40. 40. They also created many new nations.
  41. 41. The League of Nations was created.
  42. 42. The most important principle was disarmament.
  43. 43. “ Collective Security” was a vital concern.
  44. 44. The League of Nations failed miserably.
  45. 45. They called it the Great War
  46. 46. How could this happen?
  47. 47. We can understand why this happened.
  48. 48. We need to understand the story.

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