CHC 2D 2011: The Start of World War I

Last week, we established that Nationalism, or an extreme love of one’s country, was one of the causes of World War I. Remember, for example, that Russia was looking for an opportunity to redeem its national pride after an embarrassing loss to Japan, and that Germany wanted to become Europe’s most powerful nation.

Today, we will look at three more underlying causes and one immediate cause.  Form a group of four, and lay claim to one of the topics below:

  • Alliances on page 34
  • Arms Race page 35
  • Imperialism page 35
  • The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

Each person is responsible for explaining his/her topic in some detail. After approximately 20 minutes, your group will come together to share its findings.


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