Friday, March 27, 2015

Chapter 28 Part III


How did the World War I economy/production eventually lead to the Great Depression?

Why didn't the Hawley-Smoot Tariff work?

What plan did the US implement to curb the effects of the Great Depression?  To what extent did countries like France and Britain follow suit?

Why was Scandinavia more successful in recovering from the Depression?


Chapter 28 Part II


Weimar Republic
John Maynard Keynes
"stab in the back" theory
Kapp Putsch
Ruhr Crisis
Beer Hall Putsch
Dawes Plan
Locarno Pact
Kellogg-Briand Pact
1926 General Strike
Labour Party


In what ways did the Weimar Republic experience challenges from both the left and the right?  Why were both sides opposed to the new Weimar government?  Why did the Treaty of Versailles contribute to the opposition of the Weimar Republic?

Describe the economic problems that the Weimar Republic faced.  How did France and Britain's opinions about the treatment of Germany differ?

In what ways did Germany begin to improve its relations with Europe by the late 1920s?

How, in general, was France and England's economy fairing in the 1920s?


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Chapter 28 Part I


Describe logical empiricism and existentialism, and explain how both of these ideas contribute to the age of anxiety.  Be sure to explain the specific views of some of these philosophers (i.e. Jean-Paul Sartre argued...).

How did Christian existentialists differ from atheist existentialists?

Explain how the ideas of scientists like Max Planck and Albert Einstein led to uncertainty in science.

How did the literature of the interwar period differ from that of the late 19th century?  How does this reflect the uncertainty of the times?

Lastly, name a few examples of artists and musicians that reflected this anxiety in their work (do you see a common thread here)?


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Chapter 27 Part V


14 points
League of Nations
"Big Four"
Versailles Treaty
War guilt clause


How does Woodrow Wilson imagine ending the First World War?  How can his 14 points be seen as liberal?  Why did he think this would prevent future conflict?  In what way were his 14 points unsuccessful?

Why might the attenders of the Paris Peace Conference along with their decisions reached through the Treaty of Versailles act to fuel the tensions leading to World War II?


Chapter 27 Part IV

VI Lenin
Leon Trotsky
February Revolution
Provisional Government
Alexander Kerensky
Petrograd Soviet
Army Order #1
October Revolution
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
War Communism


What were the various reasons why the Russian people wanted to overthrow Tsar Nicholas II?

How did the provisional government differ from the Duma?  Why did the Petrograd Soviet also emerge?

What was Army Order #1? How might this have contributed to the fall of the provisional government?

How do the Bolsheviks prevail in overthrowing the provisional government?  What are the various ways the Bolsheviks work to maintain power?

How and why does Lenin end Russia's involvement in WWI so quickly?

What are the reasons why the Bolsheviks were successful in the Russian Civil War?  Why weren't the Allies successfully able to help the "Whites"?


Chapter 27 Part III


What strategies did the government and the press use to invoke a larger amount of support of their country's war effort?

How did the economies of various countries change to accommodate for the war effort?

How did the war effort affect women and poor people?

Were there examples of people opposing the idea of total war?  Give examples.


You will study this section independently, so please use the video and the notes to help familiarize yourself with the content.  Send me your question responses as always.

Chapter 27 Part II


Franz Ferdinand
Black Hand
Schlieffen Plan
First Battle of the Marne
Trench Warfare
Battle of the Somme
Battle of Verdun
Allied Naval Blockade


Why was Kaiser Wilhelm II so ready and willing to assist Austria against Serbia?

What was the reason for the domino-like pattern of war declarations in 1914?

What was the Schieffen Plan and why did it fail?

How does trench warfare affect the course of war and how are Verdun and the Somme good examples of this?

How was the naval blockade successful against Germany?

Why was the sinking of the Lusitania a pivotal moment for shaping the course of war?


second part of:

Chapter 27 Part I


League of Three Emperors
Dual Alliance
Triple Alliance
Russian-German Reinsurance Treaty
Britain "Splendid Isolation"
Anglo-Japanese Alliance
Entente Cordiale
Triple Entente
Kruger Telegram
Algeciras Conference/First Moroccan Crisis
Second Moroccan Crisis
First Balkan Crisis
First Balkan War
Second Balkan War


Identify the major alliances Bismarck fashioned in the late 19th century.  Why did he enter into so many?

Why did Britain end its period of isolationism in Europe?

Why did Germany feel the need to industrialize/militarize so quickly in the late 19th century?  How does Britain respond to them?

How do the First and Second Moroccan crises show the changing relationship between France and Britain?  What causes them to get along better?

Why is there crisis in the Balkans and what does it have to do with Turkey?  How does Serbia feel about Austria and Bulgaria by the end of these conflicts?  Why is Russia invested in this conflict?