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What was the name of the pandemic that killed 20 million people worldwide?

Influenza pandemic

Who was the leader of the provisional government in Russia during World War I?

Alexander Kerensky

What was the main goal of President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris peace conference in 1919?

Establish the League of Nations

Which ship was torpedoed by a German submarine in May 1915, killing almost 1200 passengers?


What was the main objective of the Battle of Gallipoli?

Regain access to the Dardanelles

What were the territories that came under the control of France and Britain after World War I?


Who was the German foreign minister who sent the Zimmermann Telegram?

Arthur Zimmermann

What was the name of the secret police force established by the Bolsheviks?


What was the slogan used by the Bolsheviks during their rally to gain support from war-weary Russians?

Peace, Land, and Bread

Who was the adviser to Alexandra during Nicholas' absence?

Gregory Rasputin

Study Notes

World War I

Pandemic and Calendar

  • A deadly influenza pandemic spread worldwide, killing 20 million people.
  • Russia's calendar is 13 days behind the Western European calendar.

Leaders and Governments

  • Alexander Kerensky was the leader of the provisional government who failed to deal with land reforms.
  • President Woodrow Wilson of the US compromised on several issues at the Paris peace conference to achieve the League of Nations.
  • Arthur Zimmermann was the German foreign minister who authorized proposals to Mexico.

War Events

  • The British liner Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine in May 1915, killing almost 1200 passengers, including 128 Americans.
  • The Allies tried to regain access to the Dardanelles in the Battle of Gallipoli.
  • Germany gave Austria a "blank check" after the assassination of Archduke Francis.

World War I Dates

  • World War I began on July 28, 1914, and ended on November 11, 1918.

Russian Politics

  • The Cheka was the secret police force, similar to the tsar's.
  • Gregory Rasputin was an illiterate peasant and self-proclaimed "holy man" who advised Alexandra during Nicholas' absence.
  • Lenin called for an elite group to lead the revolution and set up a "dictatorship of the proletariat" in Russia.
  • The Bolsheviks' slogan was "Peace, Land, and Bread".

Key Figures

  • Georges Clemenceau was the French leader who wanted to weaken Germany.
  • Gavrilo Princip was the conspirator who assassinated Archduke Francis and his wife in Sarajevo.
  • Colonel T.E. Lawrence was later known as Lawrence of Arabia.

War Strategies

  • The war on the Western Front turned into a stalemate after the First Battle of the Marne.
  • Propaganda was used to influence public opinion as part of total war.

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