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The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the immediate cause of World War I. But the events that led to the Great War go further back into the nineteenth century. As with the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, nationalism, imperialism, and militarism all played a part.

Analyze how the forces of nationalism, imperialism, and militarism irrevocably led to World War I. Pay particular attention to the rise of Pan-Slavism in Eastern Europe and the corresponding rise of nationalism in German-speaking states. Analyze how the alliance system contributed to the ultimate outbreak of war.

Then analyze the events that drew the United States into World War I. Clearly discuss why America first remained neutral between1914-1917. What role did ethnicity play in America's neutrality? Then identify and analyze the specific events that led to America's entrance into the war. Evaluate America's contribution to the war effort and to what extent America's entry contributed to the end of the war. Finally, analyze the events that led to the defeat of the Treaty of Versailles. What effect did this have on America's role in the world during the 1920s and 1930s? Pay particular attention to the role of President Woodrow Wilson both during and after the war, in particular, his efforts to establish the League of Nations.

This paper must be four to five double-spaced pages in length (not including the References page) and utilize no less than four academic quality sources. Margins should be no more than one inch (right and left) and the essay should be composed in an appropriate font and size. Sources must be documented and cited using APA format.


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Historical Essay Grading Rubric - 150 pts

Historical Essay Grading Rubric - 150 pts

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Ideas are logically organized, including inviting introduction (with a thesis statement) and a satisfactory conclusion, that come together in complete concepts.

34.0 pts

Ideas are well organized, including inviting introduction (with a thesis statement) and a satisfactory conclusion, with complete concepts.

28.0 pts

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Throughout the whole work, the writing actively engages with the topic, is free of major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation; demonstrates strong word choice and sentence variety; avoids short paragraphs that tend to make a paper choppy and difficult to read.

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Throughout the whole work, in-text references are formatted using APA style; references page includes complete bibliographic information for sources using APA style; references page includes complete bibliographic information for sources using APA style.

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Paper includes all of the following per APA style: title page, references page, correct margins, correct spacing, and correct font size.

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Running head: ANALYSIS OF THE CAUSES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

AN IN-DEPTH FOCUS ON THE CAUSES OF FIRST WORLD WAR

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INSTITUTION AFFILIATION

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CAUSES OF WORLD WAR I

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Causes of World War I

The World War I started in 1914 between two warring parties, the triple alliance, and triple
entente. However, there is a need to mention that the immediate cause of the World War I was
the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, but there is a need to understand that there are
four main domains that led to the war. The four domains have been identified as militarism,
imperialism, nationalism, and forming of alliances. There is a need to understand that the
factions that led to World War I had been culminating for a long time, and the assassination was
a trigger that pushed these factions to the fore.
Nationalism has been explained as “an intense form of patriotism or loyalty to one’s country”
(Ferguson, 2008, p. 135). In most cases, nationalism exaggerates the value and importance of
one’s country, and this requires that the interests of the country are placed above the needs of
other countries. For one to be regarded as a nationalist, they must express their hatred for another
country. Nationalism was one of the most common forces in Europe in the 20th century and a
significant cause of the First World War. Most of the European citizens, especially those that
came from the so-called Great Powers believed in the “cultural, economic and military
supremacy of their nation” (Joll & Martel, 2013, p. 69) which was fuelled by the popular cultures
and the press. The overconfidence would only lead to these citizens believing in the infallibilities
of their nations, and the inferiority of other nations. In the press, there were a lot of stories,
inflammatory and full of rhetoric, which would claim that rival nations were having evil
intentions towards other nations. The music, art, literature, and theatre would also seek to use the
nationalist rhetoric in their content. The political leaders and diplomats did not actively seek to
deflate such rhetoric, and in some instances, would make reckless remarks that only escalated
such sentiments. The citizens came to have a distorted view of the military strength and the

CAUSES OF WORLD WAR I

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influence of their governments and nations. The citizens felt that their countries were righteous,
and without any blame of any events that would erupt. Ironically, the nationalist ideals
demonized other nations, depicting them as “aggressive, scheming, deceitful, backward or
uncivilized” (Ferguson, 2008, p.41) which only furthered the tensions. It made most citizens feel
that the other countries were scheming and hungry for power which they did not possess. The
nationalist ideology made the people feel secure, believing that if a war erupted, their country
would emerge victoriously. It led to a continental delusion that if Europe were to go to war, it
was both winnable and inevitable. However, there is a need to understand that this delusion
arises from a combination of militarism, nationalism, and imperialism.
There is a need to go back further and understand why there was a European apathy in matters of
war. In the 19th century, there had been comparative peace in Europe save for the Crimean War
(1853-1856) and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. Therefore, most of the citizens in
England, Europe and Germany had been accustomed to war, brief and not-so destructive wars
against undeveloped nations. These opponents were also underequipped and did in faraway
places, which means that most of...


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