World War I
World War I, or the Great War, embroiled the globe in bloody fighting from 1914 to 1918. Learn about the complex alliances that led dozens of countries to go to war, how the war was won, and what life was like for soldiers and civilians.
This sonnet, written during WWI, describes an English soldier's dying wish.
Sassoon, who was himself a soldier in WWI, describes a soldier's perspective on the battlefield.
The Russian Revolution
The complex path leading to the Russian Revolution of 1917 is retraced, exploring the central conflict between social unrest and autocratic rule.
Hoover: Feeding the Starving Victims of World War I
This informational text explains how Herbert Hoover organized relief for those suffering from food shortages caused by World War I.
Dulce et Decorum Est
The horrors of chemical warfare during World War I are described in this gripping poem.
President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points
President Woodrow Wilson
President Woodrow Wilson’s famous “Fourteen Points” were a statement of Wilson’s beliefs about how to bring an end to World War I and to prevent war in the future.
The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations
The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations were established to maintain peace, but history shows how they contributed to future conflict.
The Lost Generation
This informational piece about prominent literary figures of the “Lost Generation” offers insight into the cultural and political factors that motivated their behavior.
Austrian Heir and Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing
The Washington Herald
Two articles from The Washington Herald discuss the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie.
To the Front Lines: America in World War I
When World War I broke out in Europe, the United States attempted to remain neutral for the entirety of the conflict—and it almost succeeded.
“A Mad Dash to Disaster”: The First World War
This informational text provides a comprehensive overview of the WWI: its causes, its major battles, and the outcomes of the Great War.
In Flanders Fields
This famous short poem describes the painful losses on World War I battlefields.
The Death of a Soldier
The life and death of a soldier is compared to autumn.
The Poppy Lady
Barbara Elizabeth Walsh
Barbara Elizabeth Walsh discusses how Moina Michael became known as the “Poppy Lady.”
Excerpt from My Mother’s Voice: The Proclamation
A young girl and her father see a notice declaring that Armenians must leave their home.