Historians typically place the 19th century (the 1800s) as a century that is bookended by

2 turning points: The French Revolution in 1789-1799 and WWI in 1914-1918. In this
unit we will explore the rising social, political and economic tensions that changed the
world from the explosion of the French Revolution to the outbreak of WWI.
It has been exactly 100 years since the start of WWI. Modern political commentators
are debating whether the conflict in Syria and Iraq might eventually lead to a new world
war. It is our job as historians to analyze political, social and economic forces that led to
the Great War and compare them with the status quo in Syria.
The current borders of Syria were drawn by Europeans as a result of WWI. Will Syria be
the focal point of World War III as well?
Watch the video below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5H5w3_QTG0
1. In the video, how did WWI shape Syria’s future?

2. Why aren’t other countries getting directly involved in trying to topple Assad?

ANNOTATE the 2 Documents
Doc 1
“World War I, which saw the first use of chemical weapons, has changed attitudes to
their use.
In 2013, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the little heard of Organization for
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). According to the Norwegian Nobel
Committee, the award was given to the group “for its extensive efforts to eliminate
chemical weapons.” More specifically, the group was recognized for its ongoing work in
removing the Syrian government’s chemical armaments as part of its mandate “to
achieve a world free from chemical weapons.”
The decision by the Assad administration to give up its arsenal of chemical weapons may
be seen as the defining moment in the ongoing Syrian Civil War. By giving up
its chemical weapons, the Assad government avoided potential Western airstrikes that
could have turned the tide of war, and once again embroiled the United States and its
allies in a Middle Eastern conflict.
The decision of the Assad regime came after it was widely reported that it had used
rockets equipped with sarin gas against the opposition in the Ghouta region of Syria in
August 2013. However, the near universal condemnation of the use of chemical warfare
comes at a curious time: the centenary of World War I, when chemical weapons were
employed on a mass-scale for the first time.”
Even Kuross, “World War I: One Hundred Years of Chemical Wafare.” Fair Observer,
August 2014.
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Doc 2
As the world approaches the 100-year anniversary of World War I, the civil war in Syria
has included such atrocities as trench warfare, artillery bombardments and poison gas
weapons.
It is difficult to tell whether we are looking at France in 1914 or Syria in 2014. It appears
nothing has changed in this sense.
What a shame that humanity has not progressed one bit!
Kevin Henderson, “Comparing Syria with World War I.” Las Vegas Sun News, February
2014.

To successfully complete this inquiry, we will explore the following task cards:
1) Social and Economic shifts in the 19th century
2) Imperialism
3) Causes of WWI
4) Effects of WWI
5) Take home EssayMonday
Student-led
Conferences

11.17

Tuesday
Veteran’s Day

Wednesday
11.12

Thursday
11.13

Friday
11.14

Task 1

Mine ya own
Business!
11.20

Task 1

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Task 1

Task 1 Due

ZANDER’S
BIRTHDAY
Task 2

Task 2

Task 2

11.24

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Task 2

Task 2 Due

Task 3

Give Thanks
y’all!

Buy Nothing
Day

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12.5

Task 3

Task 3

Task 3 Due

Task 4

Task 4

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INTENSIVES

INTENSIVES

INTENSIVES

Task 4

1.5
Asynchronous
Work Time

Task 4 Due
Prepare for
Essay
1.6
Asynchronous
Work Time

1.7
Prepare for
Socratic
Seminar

1.8
Take Home
Essay Due

1.9
Thematic Essay

Finishing Task 5

Finishing Task 5

Socratic
Seminar

11.21