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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson A: Competition Leads to Global Conflict

Activity 9: World War I Begins

Directions: When you are ready, select the Begin button to learn about the start of World War I. (This does not include audio.)


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Classroom Activity - Analyzing Causes of World War I


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Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • What event leading up to World War I was most significant in causing the outbreak of the war?
  • Which long-term cause do you believe had the greatest impact in causing World War I: militarism, the alliances, imperialism, or nationalism?
  • Do you think World War I was avoidable? If so, what could the leaders have done to prevent the war?
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