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Talking Maps: World War I

8 minutes 32 seconds

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Beginning with a comparison of today's map of Europe with that of 1914, this production shows how the old empires chose sides against each other. Dramatizes the four major fighting fronts, and how more and more nations joined the fray, eventually pulling America into the first worldwide conflict. Also, shows how the new world map at the war's end did not solve the problems, but created the seeds of World War II.

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Map compares 1914 Europe with present day. A white line crosses France from the French, Belgian border on the North Sea to the French, Swiss border at Geneva. An overlay sepia toned photo of a crowd has text that reads, "1917. America declares war."
Talking Maps
Episode 1
8 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 12
World War 2 map of the Philippines showing the islands of Corregidor, Luzon, Mindoro and Leyte.  A red dot for the capital, Manilla, appears on Luzon. A U, S, flag image appears over southern islands. Text on screen reads, "Philippines."
Talking Maps
Episode 2
31 minutes
Grade Level: 5 - 12
Image of men in Confederate uniforms riding horses in a Civil War battle reenactment. An overlay of an oval shaped photo appears next to the soldiers with text that reads, "Robert E. Lee." Caption. They don't have a general the equal of Robert E. Lee.
Talking Maps
Episode 3
35 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 12

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    Kelly H. (Raleigh, NC)
    March 15th, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Really GREAT synopsis of the beginning of WWI.

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    U'Vonna W. (Chattanooga, OK)
    December 14th, 2016 at 09:16 AM

    Great maps in action!

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    Denise R. (Park Ridge, IL)
    February 25th, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    This Talking Map helps students grasp the extent of WWI.

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    Scott M. (Hanford, CA)
    March 13th, 2015 at 01:01 PM

    Good information, but the video is too short.