Unit 5: Crisis and Change
Lesson B: Global Effects of a Total War
Review and Assessment
Rivalries, alliances, nationalism, and expanding militaries exploded into a global conflict in 1914 and continued until 1918. "The Great War" was one of the most devastating conflicts in history, in terms of both economic and human costs. New technologies and advances in weaponry led to devastation on a scale never seen before. Total war took the lives of millions of civilians, too, as battles spread into cities and farmland, yielding famine and disease. The economies of Europe were devastated. However, some were hopeful that the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations would lead to lasting peace.
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Historical Investigation — Reactions to the Treaty of Versailles
As the major powers at the Paris Peace Conference hammered out the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, many involved in the process became frustrated. In the beginning of the peace process, many leaders had high hopes for a lasting peace. In the end, however, the Treaty of Versailles reflected conflicting aims and lingering bitterness against Germany and her allies.
Think about the goals for peace at the Paris Peace Conference and the responses to the Treaty of Versailles as you complete the historical investigation.
Directions: Complete the "Historical Investigation — Reactions to the Treaty of Versailles." Use the documents as well as your Treaty of Versailles Student Resource and your annotated timeline of World War I to analyze the different global responses to the Treaty of Versailles.
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- Submit both your annotated timeline and your answers to the completed historical investigation to your teacher as instructed.