Why did the US Join World War One? – History Matters

The United States could have, if it wanted, quite easily avoided entering World War One. Yet, in April of 1917 it did, joining the Entente and helping with their victory of the Central Powers. But why did the US get involved? To find out watch this short and simple animated history documentary.

Ten Minute History: The Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany – History Matters

This episode of Ten Minute History (like a documentary, only shorter) covers Germany from the end of the First World War to the end of the World War 2. The first half deals with the establishment of the Weimar Republic, its wider problems and the rise of the Nazis. The second half covers how theContinue reading “Ten Minute History: The Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany – History Matters”

How World War I Started: Crash Course World History 209

In which John Green teaches you about World War I and how it got started. Crash Course doesn’t usually talk much about dates, but the way that things unfolded in July and August of 1914 are kind of important to understanding the Great War. You’ll learn about Franz Ferdinand, Gavrilo Pincep, the Black Hand, andContinue reading “How World War I Started: Crash Course World History 209”

Cyprus’ top diplomat: Turkey is creating new Ottoman empire

The foreign minister of the divided island of Cyprus is accusing Turkey’s president of attempting to promote a new Ottoman empire in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East — and says such an approach to geopolitics could adversely impact regional security. Nikos Christodoulides, whose Mediterranean island nation is divided into a breakaway Turkish CypriotContinue reading “Cyprus’ top diplomat: Turkey is creating new Ottoman empire”

Covid is officially America’s deadliest pandemic as U.S. fatalities surpass 1918 flu estimates

Covid-19 is officially the most deadly outbreak in recent American history, surpassing the estimated U.S. fatalities from the 1918 influenza pandemic. Reported U.S. deaths due to Covid crossed 675,000, the estimated U.S. fatalities from the 1918 flu, and are still increasing. “This is the pandemic I will be studying and teaching to the next generation ofContinue reading “Covid is officially America’s deadliest pandemic as U.S. fatalities surpass 1918 flu estimates”

America in World War I: Crash Course US History #30

In which John Green teaches you about American involvement in World War I, which at the time was called the Great War. They didn’t know there was going to be a second one, though they probably should have guessed, ’cause this one didn’t wrap up very neatly. So, the United States stayed out of WorldContinue reading “America in World War I: Crash Course US History #30”

Progressive Presidents: Crash Course US History #29

In which John Green teaches you about the Progressive Presidents, who are not a super-group of former presidents who create complicated, symphonic, rock soundscapes that transport you into a fantasy fugue state. Although that would be awesome. The presidents most associated with the Progressive Era are Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. During theContinue reading “Progressive Presidents: Crash Course US History #29”

Trump told chief of staff Hitler ‘did a lot of good things’, book says

Remark shocked John Kelly, author Michael Bender reports Book details former president’s ‘stunning disregard for history’ On a visit to Europe to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, Donald Trump insisted to his then chief of staff, John Kelly: “Well, Hitler did a lot of good things.” The remark from theContinue reading “Trump told chief of staff Hitler ‘did a lot of good things’, book says”

Post-World War I Recovery: Crash Course European History #36

In which John Green looks at Europe’s attempts to recover from the devastation of World War I and forge a lasting peace. The peace did not last. Today we’re talking about the economic cultural recovery of the 1920s, and the economic depression of the 1930s, and the fragile state of Europe after the Great War.Continue reading “Post-World War I Recovery: Crash Course European History #36”

WWI’s Civilians, the Homefront, and an Uneasy Peace: Crash Course European History #34

World War I was a total war for millions of people in Europe. Many men were enlisted in the fighting, but the war work had implications for the daily lives of a huge number of Europeans. Women entered the workforce in huge numbers, and for a lot of people, the battles raged through their towns,Continue reading “WWI’s Civilians, the Homefront, and an Uneasy Peace: Crash Course European History #34”

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