The Causes of World War 1 Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- This is a 14 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 37 questions based on an online tutorial video and the website: History on the Net.
Students will begin this assignment by watching the Made from History Video: The 4 M-A-I-N Causes of World War One in 6 Minutes. The video will introduce the time period and go over the key themes and events of the time. The video will go over the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the July Crisis as the immediate causes of World War 1 but it then introduces the acronym MAIN in order to explain the long term causes. MAIN stands for: militarism, alliance system, imperialism, and nationalism. The military expansion of the European powers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the formation of the Triple Alliance and Triple Entente, imperial conquests, and rising nationalism in Europe are all reviewed and discussed in order for students to understand the long term causes of World War 1. Following the video, students will proceed to the website: historyonthenet.com for a more in depth analysis of the 4 main causes of the war. The many alliances that were formed leading up to the war, the launching of HMS Dreadnought and the naval race between Britain and Germany, the rise of nationalism in the Balkan Peninsula, and the competitive nature of imperialism are all covered.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.