Warhorse

  Director Spielberg, Stephen   Description The film follows a single horse and its owner through the trials of WWI.  However, for the purposes of this text set, only one clip of the film is necessary.  Near the beginning, and before the French countryside had been devastated by war, the film shows an ill-fated British […]

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Documentary on YouTube: History of the Royal Navy – Steam, steel and Dreadnoughts (1806-1918)

  Description This twenty-five-minute portion of a documentary on the British Royal Navy specifically discusses the Naval arms race leading to WWI, as well as the Battle of Jutland, the war largest naval battle. It points out that the runaway Naval Arms Race between Britain and Germany was one of the primary causes of WWI.  […]

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Letters from Verdun: Frontline Experiences of an American Volunteer in World War I France

  Author Wolfe, Avery (Compiled and edited by William Harvey and Eric Harvey)   Description <em>Letters from Verdun</em> is a compilation of the letters of Avery Royce Wolfe, an American who volunteered to serve with the French Army in WWI, primarily with regard to his participation during the catastrophic Battle of Verdun.  The book offers […]

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Dance of the Furies: Europe and the outbreak of World War I

Author Michael S. Neiberg   Description This title is a bottom-up history of the outbreak of WWI.  Using primary source journals, letters, and newspapers, the book showcases the general sentiment of the European populace during the July crises of 1914 (the period from the assassination of the Archduke on June 28<sup>th</sup> to the first declaration […]

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“Moroccan Crises 1905-1911.” International Encyclopedia of the First World War AND the Algeciras Final Act

  Description The short article and the accompanying document will be used to help discuss the Moroccan Crisis as well as the general conference system used by the European powers, and sometimes the United States, to prevent European conflict since 1871.  In essence the system was set up like this: some kind of crisis would […]

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The Ems Dispacth

  Author King Wilhelm I (With Edits by Otto Von Bismarck) Description This is a brief primary source, the final act of political posturing in the lead up to the Franco-Prussian War.  Otto Von Bismarck, foreign minister of Prussia, had spent the previous decade consolidating Prussian power in central Europe, hoping to one day unite […]

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Charge of the Light Brigade

  Author Lord Tennyson, Alfred Description The famous poem by Tennyson concerns a famous light cavalry charge during the 1854 Battle of Balaclava during the oft-forgotten Crimean War.  It simultaneously shows initial adventure and honor of war and the grim reality.  More importantly, Crimea was the beginning of Industrialized warfare, a hint of what was […]

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