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Kaiser Wilhelm II - The Last German Emperor

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Was he driven by an inappropriate relationship with his English mother? Or was he just an incompetent, but well-intentioned, monarch? The Kaiser's tough upbringing and how it may have influenced his decisions in the Great War are...
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Unit 18: Fighting Tropical Disease - What Ails You?

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
A woman, frequently bitten by mosquitoes, comes to you for medical treatment. She has a fever, swollen ankle, and hard, elephant-like skin. What could be wrong? These questions facing aid workers around the world. A simulation activity...
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Unit 16: The Carter Center - Fighting Disease

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
An eye infection can be a nuisance in the developed world; in some places in Africa and South America, these infections cause blindness. While aid workers have drugs and preventative solutions, they are sometimes stopped from delivering...
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Unit 14: Waging Peace - Election Monitoring

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
How does a former president play a role in defending democracy? Around the world, many groups protest fair and free elections. By challenging issues such as complicated ballots and voter intimidation, the Carter Center works tirelessly...
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Unit 11: Two White Houses - The Iran Hostage Crisis

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What should a president do when enemies take Americans hostage in a foreign revolution? Learners take a look at the dilemma through the eyes of Jimmy Carter during the Iran hostage crisis. Primary sources, analysis worksheets, and...
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The Red Baron - Manfred von Richthofen

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Now a legend, Manfred von Richtofen was the original Flying Ace. The Red Baron eventually was shot down by the Allies, but not before the German pilot revolutionized warfare with his circus-like stunts. An informative video biography...
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Ferdinand Foch

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
French commander Ferdinand Foch's early decisions led to some of worst of World War I's bloodshed. He also forecast that the Treaty of Versailles only postponed the inevitable World War II. A detailed video biography gives scholars the...
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Standing Up To The Royal Navy - Maximilian von Spee

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
At the start of World War I, German naval leader Maximilian von Spee was isolated in the Pacific Ocean. He led his squadron on a daring mission to save themselves, ending in the first defeat of a British naval squadron in a century....
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Adolf Hitler in World War 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Most learners are already familiar with the horror wreaked by Adolf Hitler during World War II, but few may understand the impact the Great War had on him. Hitler felt his time at the front for Germany during the Great War were some of...
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The Last Tsar of Russia - Nicholas II

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Was he a ruthless leader and failed military commander? Or a political martyr and king? Historians continue to debate the legacy of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, who was the last of the Romanov line to rule Russia. An interesting video...
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Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf - Strategic Mastermind or War Monger?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Was he the mastermind of war or a military genius? Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, who led the Austrian-Hungarian army, is one of the most important figures of World War I. However, his case for war ultimately caused the death of the...
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The Author of All Quiet on The Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
considered one of the great anti-war novels, All Quiet on the Western Front details the experiences of Erich Maria Remarque on the German front. In addition, Remarque collected stories from other soldiers to paint a picture of the...
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Winston Churchill - First Lord Of The Admiralty

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Winston Churchill is a larger-than-life figure, designated by the BBC as the most important figure of the twentieth century. Yet, his political career began long before World War II, and it was marked with failure. A well-rounded...
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The German Painter Who Fought In The Trenches - Otto Dix

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Otto Dix wanted to show the ghastliness of war, and his paintings were so controversial that Adolf Hitler later banned them. Dix's artwork was so important to him that he refused to leave Germany, even when he was labeled as degenerate...
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The Tragic Downfall Of The Lion Of The Isonzo - Svetozar Borojević

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Was Svetozar Borojevic thick-headed ... or a military genius? While he was the most prominent Slav in the Austrian-Hungarian army, why is he not remembered for his role in the Great War? Young historians consider these questions after...
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Josip Broz Tito in World War 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
While Josip Broz Tito was the father of Yugoslavia, his service in some of the most gory moments of World War I shaped his world view. Tito's time in the army—fighting for Austria-Hungary—made him a critic of the monarchy and...
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Russia's Finest General - Aleksei Brusilov

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Russian General Aleksei Brusilov served both the tsar and revolutionary Russia. His massive offensive racked up deaths and broke through the Austria-Hungarian line. An insightful video explores how Brusilov's military career parallels a...
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The Architect Of The Battle of the Somme - Douglas Haig

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Douglas Haig, the British Field marshal during World War I, was known as both a national hero and butcher. His decisions directly led to the large numbers of deaths in the trenches, but Haig was driven by the quest for a great victory...
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The Best Sniper Of World War 1 - Francis Pegahmagabow

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
While he wasn't even considered a Canadian citizen, France Pegahmagabow had the greatest number of kills of any sniper during World War I. After the war, Pegahmagabow went on to lobby for greater rights for the members of the First...
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The Lion of Africa - Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
While African colonial holdings were supposed to be neutral during the Great War, German military leader Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck used them as a pawn in World War I. Initially seen as a German hero, historians are reconsidering von...
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The Father Of Poison Gas - Fritz Haber

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
His scientific work led to millions of deaths in gas attacks during World War I and in the concentration camps of World War II. Yet, Fritz Haber's innovations in crop fertilizer also helped feed the world. Haber's complicated story...
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Socialist and Front Soldier - Louis Barthas

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The countless deaths of the Great War are often unimaginable to young learners. Examining the life and writings of Louis Barthas, however, paints a picture of life in the trenches. Show your pupils what life was like as a poilu, or...
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J.R.R. Tolkien - The Father of Lord of The Rings

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Best known as the author of the  Lord of the Rings trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien may have used some of his trench warfare experiences to create Middle Earth. While the trilogy is not entirely autobiographical, many scholars agree that...
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The First Soldier of Belgium - King Albert

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
While Belgium was largely occupied by the Germans during World War I, its king, Albert, is still considered a national hero. After holding back the Germans to buy precious time for the Allies, Albert worked tirelessly to protect his...