The Beginning of the Twentieth Century Crisis: War and Revolution

The Beginning of the Twentieth Century Crisis:
War and Revolution
Chapter 25
Read the section titled “1914 – 1915: Illusions and Stalemate” – including the documents on page 766.
How did the reality of war challenge the initial motivations of people to join and support World War I?
2. Read “1916 – 1917: The Great Slaughter.” As you read, list 4 – 6 technological and tactical
developments that account for the high casualty and death rates of World War I. Then, summarize
your findings in a 2 – 3 sentence analysis of the nature of the war.
3. Read the section titled “The Home Front: The Impact of Total War.” Then, create a diagram or visual
representation that illustrates the effects of waging “total war” on a nation and its people.
4. After reading “The Social Impact of Total War” – including the documents on pages 779 and 781 –
assess the extent to which the First World War accelerated European social change in work, sex roles,
and government involvement in everyday life.
Read “The Russian Revolution.” Then, compare and contrast the roles of the peasantry and of urban
workers in the French Revolution to those of the peasantry and or urban workers in the Russian
6. Devise a slogan that summarizes the political views of:
Constitutional Democrats:
b. Soviets:
Marxist Social Democratic Party:
i. Mensheviks
ii. Bolsheviks
After reading “Civil War,” create a thesis that accounts for the triumph of the Red Army over the
8. Read the section titled “The Peace Settlement.” On a scale of 1 to 5, to what extent – do you believe –
the Paris Peace Conference laid the groundwork for future conflict?