World War I

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In this book, significant battles, treaties, conferences and other dramatic events during World War I are explored, including: the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand; the first Zeppelin raid on London; the sinking of the Lusitania; and the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Examines the backdrop of rivalry among world powers, the events that immediately preceded the first World War, the effects of the war itself, and its long term ...

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In this book, significant battles, treaties, conferences and other dramatic events during World War I are explored, including: the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand; the first Zeppelin raid on London; the sinking of the Lusitania; and the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Examines the backdrop of rivalry among world powers, the events that immediately preceded the first World War, the effects of the war itself, and its long term consequences.

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 10 up.

The First World War claimed over ten million lives and left a scar upon both the psyche of its participants and the landscape where it was fought. For four bloody years the armies of Europe, and eventually the United States, fought in a mole-like atmosphere that was labeled trench warfare. For days, weeks, and months on end soldiers were surrounded by the filth and decay of their trench homes. In the end, a punitive peace set the stage for burning resentment on the part of the defeated nations, and in particular Germany. That resentment burst free during the Great Depression first with the rise of brutal dictatorships and then World War II. In World War I Stewart Ross takes his readers through the events that led up to, encompassed, and followed this terrible conflict. This book is part of the "Timelines" series and as such presents a chronological approach to the subject at hand. In many sections of the book, textbox insertions are used to provide first person accounts of the events described in the text. Numerous photos, maps, and period illustrations are also incorporated into the text to enhance the reader's understanding. This approach results in a gripping account of "The War to End all Wars," as that horrific conflict was once labeled. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

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Gr 8 Up—Four- to eight-page chapters present step-by-step guidelines on how to select a topic, where to find information, and how to take notes using the 5 Ws, arrange the information, and write the paper and present it orally, if required. The authors explain the difference between primary and secondary sources and suggest resources such as diaries, letters, documents, books, newspapers, photos, recordings, maps, and the Internet. Specific examples of particular types of information are often printed on colored backgrounds. The authors also stress the importance of determining authenticity of material, but give little guidance as to how to do that, especially when evaluating online information. Plagiarism is defined and discouraged. The texts explain the use of graphic organizers, Venn diagrams, pie charts, time lines, concept webs, and KWL charts as examples. Both titles are liberally illustrated with photos, most of which are black and white. Though these titles will be useful to students, it is doubtful that teens will read them unless required, and librarians will be better off suggesting the books to the teachers making the assignments. Solid purchases where formal research is part of the curriculum.—Eldon Younce, formerly at Harper Elementary School, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836856750
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
  • Publication date: 7/13/2004
  • Series: Atlas of Conflicts Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.44 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Stewart Ross taught at all levels in Britain, the USA, the Middle East, and Sri Lanka before becoming a full-time writer. He has published novels for adults and works of fiction for children, as well as over 200 non-fiction books. His books have been translated into around 20 languages. Stewart visits schools, colleges, and universities in Britain, France, and elsewhere to talk about writing and pass on his passion for words.
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Table of Contents


Franco-Prussian War Begins-July 19, 1870     4
Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand-June 28, 1914     6
Battle of Tannenberg Begins-August 26, 1914     8
Battle of the Marne Begins-September 5, 1914     10
First Battle of Ypres Begins-October 20, 1914     12
First Zeppelin Raid on London-May 31, 1915     14
Allies Land in Gallipoli-April 25, 1915     16
Sinking of the Lusitania-May 7, 1915     18
Italy Enters the War-May 23, 1915     20
Battle of Verdun Begins-February 21, 1916     22
Battle of Jutland Begins-May 31, 1916     24
Brusilov Offensive Begins-June 4, 1916     26
Battle of the Somme Begins-July 1, 1916     28
U.S. Enters the War-April 6, 1917     30
Third Battle of Ypres Begins-July 31, 1917     32
Allenby Takes Jerusalem-December 9, 1917     34
Russia Signs Treaty of Brest-Litovsk-March 3, 1918     36
German Spring Offensive Begins-March 21, 1918     38
"Black Day of the German Army"-August 8, 1918     40
Armistice Signed-November 11, 1918     42
Paris Peace Conference Opens-January 12, 1919     44
Key Figures in World War I     46
Glossary     47
Further Information     47
Index     48
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