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"Understanding the Constitution" Please respond to the following: PROVIDE SPECIFIC EVIDENCE FROM THIS WEEK'S WEBTEXTBOOK--NO OUTSIDE SOURCES in your response.

·Using your Webtextbook, the supplemental resource featured this week and this link to the US Constitution https://www.constituteproject.org/constitution/United_States_of_America_1992,

·Read Article II Section 1 of the Constitution on the Electoral College (Be sure to focus only on the Electoral College and not the requirements or term of office, etc, only the Electoral College). Next, CAREFULLY read the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights about the "Right to Bear Arms"

·Now in a 400 word essay describe what you think each of these two parts of the Constitution ACTUALLY MEAN and why were they included in the language your have read in the first place.

·We are trying to understand these two documents in light of the history we have just read in the webtext. This is an exercise in careful reading and critical thinking, NO OPINIONS!

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World War I and the Balance of Power
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WORLD WAR I AND THE BALANCE OF POWER
Balance of Power is a phenomenon where one nation or a group of nations tries to match
its power against the other nation or a group of nations. States can decide to purse balance of
power by increasing their power of forming an alliance with other nations to enhance their ability
of acquiring other nations. The balance of power came into existence during World War I and
the Great Britain played a significant role in Europe since she acted as the balancer. During this
period, the Great Britain would throw its support behind different nations in the Europe as the
balancer because of her naval superiority and virtual immunity arising from invasion from the
foreign nations. The earliest forms of the balance of power during World War I began with the
formation of alliances where each alliance was willing to support each other after any form of
slightest provocation. The German unification of 1870-1871 triggered a potential hegemonic
alliance of other countries including France, Russia and Great Britain (Fromkin, 2005).
System of alliances is the primary contributor to the First and Second World Wars.
Balance of power is a practice where powerful countries acquire territorial domination of other
nations to extend their political and economic power. The powerful nations impose their
authority over the colonies. The colonies can be obtained through political pressure, coercion,
and military conquest. After establishing the colonies, the imperial nations (mother countries)
form a government which they used to maintain law and order. The government is protected by a
military which suppresses any uprising which is opposed to their rule. The primary objective of
alliances between nations was to achieve national prestige, enhance security, and control of more
economic resources (Fromkin, 2005). The European powers such Germany, Britain, France,
Italy, and Russia competed for colonies in other parts of the world. They build their armies in
readiness to protect their acquired territorial possessions. These countries developed a common
interest in various parts of the world such as North America, Africa, and Asia. They were

WORLD WAR I AND THE BALANCE OF POWER
engaged in the arms race and formed alliances to protect their acquired territories (Fromkin,
2005). The arms race and formation of the alliances made the European countries hostile.
The alliance between France, Britain, Russia, the United States against Austria Hungary
and Germany fueled the First World War. The alliances resulted in a bipolar balance of power.
The primary objective of the alliances was to destabilize the alliances since each party was
aggrieved by the strength of each alliance. Prior to the formation of the alliances they had agreed
to support one another in case of any slightest provocation. The First World War began when
each power began to destabilize the alliances which had been formed (Fromkin, 2005). Each side
of the alliances was interested in gaining dominance over the other alliances. The survival of the
alliances was based on the threats that they could impose on other alliance. The courage and
ability to exert pressure on the alliances formed by the other nations relied heavily on arms race.
Each side of the alliances was confide...

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