The Ally From The Far East - Japan in World War 1

While Japan was a major player in the Second World War, it also played a role in the first Great War. Scholars analyze the Anglo-Japanese alliance during World War I in the 30th installment of a 32-part series. Using a short video clip, they open a train of discussion and thought on how the Far East played a factor in the war and its lasting impact. The emotions carry on into a second conflict a few decades later—with Japan on the opposite side. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a series of questions on Japan's government to use during the video clip
  • Add an additional video clip from Kahn Academy Japan in WWI
Classroom Considerations
  • Video lesson lasts more than 10 minutes
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Resource provides detailed backstory on Japan during the Meiji Era leading to WWI
  • Lesson includes primary photography from WWI to evaluate and analyze
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