World War I and Russian Revolution

World War I and Russian Revolution

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  • Causes of War
  • Friends!
  • Trench and Air Warfare
  • Impact of Total War
  • One cause of the war was militarism. This made neighboring countries nervous. Another cause was alliances or "friends". You disliked the same people. This ended up bringing more people into wars. Imperialism (expanding) was also a cause. Countries during this time wanted more land and more power. The last major cause was nationalism (love for your country). People wanted their own people running their country. For example the Serbs wanted to rule themselves so they rioted
  • Russian Revolution
  • We are now Communist 
  • Both the Germans and French had hundreds of miles of trenches.  Trench warfare baffled military leaders who had been trained to fight wars of movement and maneuver. Trench warfare caused WWI to turn into a war of attrition. By the end of 1915, airplanes appeared on the battlefront for the first time in history. 
  • The Last Year of the War
  • The war was lost and we need to ask for peace
  • A total war is a war that involved the complete mobilization of resources and people, affecting the lives of all citizens in the warring countries, even those remote from the battlefield. It increased government powers, manipulated the public opinion, and in the fall of 1918 a deadly influenza struck. It also created new roles for women.
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Many workers went on strike to discuss politics and they began to riot. The Bolsheviks were led by Vladimir Lenin and believed that the new Russian government should be a Marxist government. In October of 1917 Lenin took full control of the government. 
  • The year of 1917 was not good for the Allies. Russia left the war after its Communist Revolution in 1917. Russia's withdrawal allowed Germany to fight a one-fronted war with all its troops concentrated on France. By April of 1918 German troops were within about 50 miles of Paris, but were stopped at the Second Battle of the Marne. On September 29, 1918, General Ludendorff told German leaders that the war was lost and he told the government to ask for peace.
  • The Treaty of Versailles was signed between the Allied powers and Germany. It took land away form Germany, dismantled Germany's military, and it forced Germany to make reparations to the countries it harmed in the war. It destroyed the German economy and the morale of the German people, that within 20 years, they would start another world war.
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