By: Tori Mallipudi
When people talk about World War I, they usually refer to Europe and what happened there. However, this war affected several areas. In order to see this, I think its kind of important to see what was happening before, during, and after the war. For example, Africa was completely colonized before the war, and as a result of the war, nationalism arose in these different areas. Japan was able to improve incredibly fast and rise to the top. China was having issues before the war, and the war posed a problem to their government. This ultimately ended in socialist China. America becomes well respected and takes on a lot of weight because of the war. All of these areas were affected somehow by the war, and this could be because Europe was so influential. Ultimately as well, the whole world went into an age of anxiety. No one likes uncertainty, but they couldn't be sure another world war wouldn't occur.

Before World War I, Africa was basically split up among several imperial powers like the Dutch, British, and the Germans.
During the War, Africans fight for their imperial powers for the most part, but some attempt to gain independence. However all attempts for freedom fail.
After the War, many leave their farms to work in city, where employment rates were more favorable. Imperial powers begin to make the colonies in Africa support themselves more and still pay their colonial powers to help them recover. This didn't really help Africa though. More disease spread, making it difficult to achieve population growth as a result of the war as well. Independence movements start to arise along with African nationalism. One example is Harry Thuku and the Young Kikuyu Association, who start Kenya's long road to independence and cultural unity.

" What all of us wanted was to show people that we were all one family and what there was no different between all the tribes of Kenya." -Harry Thuku

Map of African colonies after World War 1
Map of African colonies after World War 1

Asia~Japan~Before World War I, Japan begins to industrialize and imperialize nearby lands during the Meiji Restoration (occurred up until 1912).During the War, Japan isn't really involved. Its main focus was getting more land. It used alliances with the Allies to hide their imperialistic tactics. They often attacked German-owned colonies in China, Manchuria, and the Pacific Islands to gain control, add land, and grow in power. After the War, Japan is on top of the world. It is one of the most powerful and most stable nations after the war. They are able to continue to prosper. Although not really involved with World War I, Japan becomes very involved in the economic outcome of the world, (very influential in the League of Nations.) Some economic problems rise, but Japan remains strong.
After the war, Japan is given a permanent seat in the League of Nations (not that it lasted that long.)
After the war, Japan is given a permanent seat in the League of Nations (not that it lasted that long.)

Before World War I, China's Qing dynasty falls (1912) due to internal pressure. The Republic of China is started and the Chinese Nationalist Party starts. It is centered around Chinese nationalism, democracy, and land reform.During the War, China is not really part of the action in Europe, but rather tries to deal with Japan and its demands. After the War, China hopes that the Allies will do something about their problem with Japan. However everything favors Japan. Out of this rose the Chinese Communist Party, led by Mao Zedong. Eventually, China becomes a communist .
Before World War I, America was progressing in their economy. The U.S.also vowed to help out any country in the western hemisphere who was having issues with European powers. This also led to a somewhat imperialism of the U.S. into Latin America.
During the War, America was a major factor once it joined the war under the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. This was due to the German use of U- boats and the Zimmerman note which both posed a threat to America.
After the War, America remains overall in tact. It sends out the Marshall Plan to aid European countries. Woodrow Wilson also suggested what the Allies should do to prevent another World War in his "Fourteen Points." He chose not to join the League of Nations although part of his Fourteen Points. At first, the economy of the U.S. was amazing, especially during the 1920s. America was basically controlling the world economy. However, the U.S. eventually hits an economic depression that is difficult to recover from.

"Armed neutrality is ineffectual enough at best."- Woodrow Wilson~ he tried to stay neutral, but ended up in the Great War