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2 Triple Alliance Germany Austria Hungary


4 The Franco Russian Alliance becomes the Triple Entente once Britain joins the alliance.
France Russia Britain


6 Austria Hungary Empire Before WWI

7 Disputed Territory in red box

8 Balkans Balkans Bulg. Stara Planina  (stä´rä plä´´nēnä´) , major mountain range of the Balkan Peninsula Bulgaria, E Serbia and Montenegro through central Bulgaria to the Black Sea. The Balkans are a continuation of the Carpathian Mts.

9 Balkans

10 The disputes in the Balkans are what set in motion the events that lead to WWI. Many “mini” countries in the Balkans were wanting true independence from either the Ottoman Empire or the Austria Hungary Empire that had the main control over this region. Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia were the primary countries wanting independence. These countries had informally united under one name- Yugoslavia

11 Yugoslavia

12 The first of these countries to gain “formal” independence was Serbia
The first of these countries to gain “formal” independence was Serbia. Russia Supported the Serbs, Austria Hungary did not. Austria Hungary did not want Serbia independent b/c they wanted to maintain control of the region Austria Hungary annexed Bosnia which at the time technically belonged to the Ottoman Empire even though Bosnia looked at itself as part of the Yugoslavian territory.

13 The annexation of Bosnia by Austria Hungary proved that Austria Hungary had no intention of honoring any Balkan countries independence.

14 In late June 1914 the heir to the throne of Austria Hungary Archduke Franz Ferdinand visited the Bosnian capital called Sarajevo. As the Ferdinand and his wife rode through the city a Bosnia revolutionary assassinated the couple

15 The Triple Entente became known as the Allies- France, Russia, Great Britain and Italy (Italy joined in 1915 after the allies promise to give Italy the Austria- Hungary territory to Italy once the war is over.) Triple Alliance became the Central Powers- Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria.

16 America and WWI President Woodrow Wilson wants the U.S to stay neutral. The U.S. citizenry was divided regarding which alliance they would support. The U.S. was made up of many immigrants and most immigrants supported their home country.

17 Britain deployed a naval blockade to stop German ships from obtaining supplies and forced all neutral ships to port and be inspected. Germany knew that the Allies( France, Russia, Great Britain and Italy) needed supplies so Germany decided stop trade amongst these countries to force the Allies into surrender.

18 To bypass the British blockade, Germany sent out U-boats submarines and to sink any of the Allies supply ships. February 1915 Germany announced they would sink without warning any ship around Great Britain.

19 Great Britain

20 This angered Pres. Wilson and America.
May German U Boat sank the passenger ship the Lusitania. Killing 1200 including 128 Americans. Wilson outraged but would still not enter the War. March 1916 German U Boat torpedoed French passenger ship the Sussex. Injuring passengers on board including some Americans

21 Even after the Sussex the U.S. does not enter the war. However…
Wilson wins re-election in 1916 largely because he is known and the non war candidate. But, that wouldn’t last.

22 In January 1917 American intelligence intercepted a message from a German official (Arthur Zimmerman) to the German Ambassador in Mexico proposing that if Mexico would enter the war on the side of Germany (Central Powers) that once the war was won by the Central powers Mexico would get the Lost territory in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona( Mexico had lost this territory in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo after the Mexican war that was a result of Texas annexing to the United States).

23 Germany hoped that Mexico would embattle the U. S
Germany hoped that Mexico would embattle the U.S. thus not allowing America to enter the war and assist the Allies. This scandal became known as the Zimmerman Telegram. In addition, in 1917 Germany resumed their unrestricted submarine warfare( even after they pledged not to) and began sinking all ships around Great Britain again and sank 6 American merchant ships between Feb. 3 and March 21

24 America Enters WWI President Wilson petitions Congress to approve his call to war against Germany on April 2, After much debate Congress approves. America is now in WWI

25 Shench v United States- Free Speech right could be curbed if what is spoken presents a “clear and present danger” to the country. Trench Warfare and “No Mans Land”-

26 Women in the Military- Clerical, Army Corp of Nurses
African American in the War- 42,000 served oversees War Industries Board- Headed by Bernard Baruch coordinated productions of war Materials

27 Russia Leaves WWI March 1917 Riots break out in Russia over the governments handling of the war and the lack of food and fuel. Czar Nicholas II the leader of the Russian empire is forced to abdicate his thrown. Government in Russia was in a state of instability and passed thru the hands of several temporary government. All of which continued to support Russia’s involvement in the war

28 The Bolsheviks, a group of Communist, soon sought power in Russian
The Bolsheviks, a group of Communist, soon sought power in Russian. Their leader was Vladimir Lenin. Lenin and the Bolsheviks overthrew the temporary Russian Government and seized control of Russia.

29 Lenin’s first act as the new Communist leader of Russia was to pull Russia out of WWI. To get out of the war Russia agreed to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk giving up substantial territory including the Ukraine and its Polish and Baltic Territories and also Finland. With Russia out of the War Germany seized the opportunity to advance their army. However, American troops were successful and stopping their advances.

30 Germany is Pushed Back General Pershing( US General) successfully pushed Germany back by assembling 600,000 troops with some 40,000 tons of supplies and 4,000 artillery pieces. One battle after the other Germany is defeated. Ultimately bringing and end to the war. November 11, 1918 Armistice(cease fire) is called. WWI is over.

31 January 1919 a peace conference began
January 1919 a peace conference began. Even though President Wilson wanted more lenient peace terms for Germany and the Central powers France and Great Britain did not. Wilson had presented a plan called the “Fourteen Points” based on the principle of justice to all peoples and nationalities.” In the first 5 points the president proposed to eliminate the general causes of the war through free trade, disarmament, freedom to the seas, impartial adjustments of colonial claims and open diplomacy in stead of secret agreements. The next eight points addressed thru right of self-determination. The 14th point called for a League of Nations for all nations to help preserve peace and prevent future wars by pledging to respect and protect each other’s territory and political independence.

32 Despite Wilson’s hopes of more lenient peace terms for Germany the peace terms Germany had to agree to were very harsh. The Treaty of Versailles(peace treaty for WWI) was signed by Germany on June 28, Germany was stripped of all its armed forced and was made to pay for all war damages in excess of $33 billion dollars to the Allies. This would bankrupt Germany. Finally Germany had to acknowledge the guilt for the outbreak of the war.

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