Fall of Eagles: Sealed Train Decision
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Kaiser Wilhelm II faces the dilemma of deciding to sponsor Lenin's return to Russian. He is fearful of creating a "Bolshevik nemesis" but reluctantly tells his advisors to allow Lenin and his compatriots to travel through Germany from exile in Switzerland in order to destabilize Russia.

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  1. Why is the Kaiser doubtful about the idea of aiding the revolutionaries?
  2. What interest does Dr. Helphand have in facilitating the transport of the revolutionaries?
  3. Why is the Kaiser even willing to hear these ideas?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands the causes and impact of World War I. The student is expected to:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the importance of imperialism, nationalism, militarism, and the alliance system in causing ...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify major characteristics of World War I, including total war, trench warfare, modern military ...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the causes of the February (March) and October revolutions of 1917 in Russia, their effects...

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