We are now about to plunge into one of the main topics of this year:
THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
No historical event is the result of only ONE cause, that is why we shall be considering the main causes.
In this post we will collect different types of material related to the causes of WW1.
We shall start by watching a Kahn Academy video on the Empires before WW1.
Empires before World War I: Austria-Hungary. Ottoman empire. British, German, French and Russian empires.
Watch the video and analyse the following points:
1. What is the connection between land boundaries and linguistic boundaries in Europe now?
2. Write down 3 geographic differences between the map TODAY and at the beginning of the 20th Century?
3. Was Serbia part of the Austro Hungarian Empire?
4. Write the name of at least 4 ethnic groups inside the Austro -Hungarian Empire.
Let´s now go on with the situation of Germany and Italy.
Watch the video and answer the following questions:
- When did Germany and Italy become unified?
- List Germany’s colonies.
- List Italy’s colonies.
We are now familiar with the Empires at the beginning of the XXth Century and with their strengths and weaknesses.
We will now take a look at the system of alliances. The following video will throw some light on the alliance system.
- Watch the video and answer the questions which follow:
- Which cause does the historian in the video analyse in full?
- Which other causes are mentioned in the lecture?
- How old was the German Empire when the Dual Alliance Treaty was signed?
- Why were the Germans paranoid in 1879 according to the lecture? What is the term used to refer to that “fear” the Germans had?
- Which countries formed the Triple Entente? Which the Triple Alliance?
- What was peculiar about Italy’s role in the war?