Chapter 17
Unit 5 World History
The Battle of  the Pyramids by Louis-Francois Baron Lejeune. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)
Unemployed men waiting in line at a soup kitchen started by Al Capone in Chicago (1927). (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)
The era between the world wars was an important one in a variety of countries around the world. This would start with the Russian Revolution, which would create the 1st communist(ish) country in history. The differences between the philosophy and it’s implementation would lead people to call this Leninism, but the intent was never doubted. The Mexican Revolution would start prior to World War I, but since it ends afterwards we cover it in this chapter. Along with the political leaders of the movement, we also cover revolutionary leaders like Villa and Zapata as well as the many women that took part in the movement. Women would find themselves important in many other countries during this era also as most of the Western world finally decides to allow women to have the right to vote. Lastly, we cover the great depression and it’s impact on the world. We spend far more time covering the rest of the world than we do what was happening in the U.S. (that is covered in U.S. History), but it is hard to cover the subject without talking about the United States at all.

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 Mexican Revolution more friendly to women than most other revolutions in history?
  2. Would it be logical to call the Mexican Revolution a class warfare revolt? Why or why not?
  3. What was the major mistake that the leaders of the February Revolution made that opened the door to the Bolsheviks? Is it possible that they could have stopped the later revolution if they had done this differently?

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.

The Mexican Revolution 

The Madero & Huerta Presidencies 

The End Of The Revolution 

Other Important Revolutionary Leaders

Women During & After The Revolution 

Russian Problems During WWII 

Revolution In Russia 

Creating A New Russia 

Later Changes 

Movement Starts For Independence 

The Roaring 20’s 

The Great Depression 


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.

Could the depression happen again

This article questions what we would have to do to allow the depression (or something like it) to happen again. It is an important concept for all of us to know.