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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson A: Competition Leads to Global Conflict

Activator: The World 1900-1914

As with many periods in history, it can be difficult to understand why events came to pass. Historians seek to explain the "how's" and "why's" behind events like "The Great War." Decades of European militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism set the stage for tensions across the continent. Review the numerous conflicts that fueled the events of World War I, historically speaking.

Directions: Select each continent to preview some of the events from this time period.


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Written Activity - Notebook

In your notebook, respond to the following questions:

  • How do you think the events shown on the map might be related?
  • What questions do you have about these events?