How wise was the journey towards peace 1918-19?

This unit of work is designed to move student thinking beyond the traditional teaching of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles.

Stage 1

Why did Germany decide to seek peace in 1918?

Students explore the reasons why Germany decided to seek peace in 1918.

Towards peace - Powerpoint 1

A powerpoint presentation which helps students consider the problems faced by the Peacemakers in 1918.

Stage 2

Examine how the tone of those leading the armistice commemorations influenced international relations up to 1945, as well as the terms of the subsequent treaty of Versailles

This section is best used on a site visit to Compiegne. However, the tasks have been phrased in such a way that they can also be used as a virtual visit – simply using the photographs of the site as evidence to help complete the tasks. For those taking students to the site, it is worth photocopying the two slides for each member of the group.

Towards peace - Powerpoint 2

In this stage of the enquiry students examine how the tone of those leading the armistice commemorations influenced international relations up to 1945, as well as the terms of the subsequent Treaty of Versailles. This resource is designed to be used in conjunction with a visit to the Alsace Lorraine Monument on the site of the Armistice at Compiegne.

Stage 3

Why was the Treaty of Versailles considered to treat Germany harshly?

Students learn the main terms of the treaty of Versailles and partake in a decision making exercise to assess how fair each term is.

Towards peace - Powerpoint 3

Students learn the main terms of the treaty of Versailles and partake in a decision making exercise to assess how fair each term is.
However a number of sources are then used for students to consider why each country held the particular view they did of kind of treaty they wanted.

Stage 4

How can we develop more harmonious local, national and global relationships?

This section assists history teachers in using history lessons to explicitly support whole school responsibilities around the Prevent strategy, to develop Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education and to promote British Values.

Towards peace - Powerpoint 4

This section assists history teachers in using history lessons to explicitly support whole school responsibilities around the Prevent strategy, to develop Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education and to promote British Values.

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