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World War I. Isolation vs. Involvement. Events: . “The Great War” 1914-1918 (US joined in 1917) Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – June 1914 Causes: Desire for greater wealth and territory Arms Race European Alliances. Why was WWI a big deal? . Chemical Weapons Air warfare

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World war i

World War I

Isolation vs. Involvement


Events
Events:

  • “The Great War”

    • 1914-1918 (US joined in 1917)

  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – June 1914

  • Causes:

    • Desire for greater wealthand territory

    • Arms Race

    • European Alliances


Why was wwi a big deal
Why was WWI a big deal?

  • Chemical Weapons

  • Air warfare

  • Trench warfare

  • 20th century’s first Genocide

  • America:

    • Decision about whether to remain isolated or get involved in “world” problems.


Inquiry activity
Inquiry Activity:

  • In your groups, you will read a short passage and study some cartoons/ pictures from the perspective of either isolation or involvement - use the discussion questions to guide your inquiry.

  • Be prepared to discuss “your perspective” with the large group.

  • Use your time wisely – you have 15 minutes!! 


Terms you may encounter
Terms you may encounter:

  • Belligerent – hostile or aggressive; A nation or person engaged in war or conflict

  • Munitions - Materials used in war, especially weapons and ammunition.

  • Holocaust – a great or complete devastation or destruction, especially by fire. (Not to be confused with THE Holocaust which occurred during WWII)



Conclusion
Conclusion:

  • The United States entered The Great War in 1917

  • The decision to get involved in Europe’s conflict marked the beginning of the United States as a “world power”

  • The argument between those who believe that the United States has a moral obligation to help solve world conflict and those who believe that the United States should “mind its own business” is still a major issue.


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