Chapter 16
Unit 5 World History
The Battle of  the Pyramids by Louis-Francois Baron Lejeune. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)
British troops in a trench on the 1st day of the Battle of Somme (1916). (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)
While many students are well aware of the heroism and intrigue of World War II, it is clear that few know what happened in the previous World War. This war became a clear break in terms of history towards the modern world, and the tactics and strategies developed during this war would set the stage for all of the wars since then. This chapter takes great pains discussing the new technological developments that led to this amazingly bloody war and the ways that were developed to try to bypass this technology. We also cover some of the heroes of the war as well as the causes and effects of the war. The problems with the later Treaty of Versailles would create problems that would lead directly to WWII and beyond. Many of the decisions that were made during the peace negotiations can be easily tied to problems in wars much later in history also. The last section covers the rise of Communist Russia, which will obviously cause problems in the west and around the world for decades later.

Essential questions

The following questions are meant to be studied during the chapter as possible essay questions for your exam.
Please be ready for any of the following questions.
  1. In what ways was the Treaty of Versailles so oppressive to the Germans? Was it fair to be this oppressive?
  2. Why do some people say that the only true winners in WWI were women?
  3. Why is WWI the war that I say I wouldn’t want to go back in time to fight in? Why was this war so brutal compared to many others?
  4. Why was the machine gun such an important piece of equipment during WWI and one that led to countless other inventions during the war?

Chapter Content

Use the following links to find the content you are interested in or use the search bar at the top right to look for specific concepts.

Reasons For WWI 

The Start of War 

Life On The Home Front 

Middle Eastern Front 

Attempts To Bypass Trenches 

War of Attrition 

The Tide Turns 

The Peace Process 


The following are a list of helpful resources that can be used in studying for this chapter.

Class Notes

These are the notes that I use for class. All information found in these notes lead directly to the test so they should be used in studying if you want the correct answers. This can only be accessed by students logged into their school account.

Chapter Powerpoint

This link will lead you to the PowerPoint for this unit. Those who missed class can use this to catch up on what was taught in class and what specific concepts to focus on in your studying.

Exam Review

This is the review that should be used to prepare for the exam. All exam questions will be connected directly to this document. Students are expected to answer all questions and are encouraged to know the rest also.

Review Videos

The videos to the right are placed here so that you can find other ways to study if that is your desire. Crash course videos tend to work pretty well for this type of studying as many of the AP World students use them to prep for tests. Please feel free to click on any of the videos in this feed for more info.

This Chapter in the news

Many students don’t realize that history is being debated and rewritten daily. These are stories related to our chapter from the news.

Redrawing The Map of The Middle East

Many Americans are unaware of the reasons for the boundaries of countries in the Middle East. This article explains how these lines were drawns at the end of World War One.