Discussion: The First Total War

Week 1 Discussion: The First Total War
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Required ResourcesRead/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: Chapter 2, 4
Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Initial Post InstructionsWorld War I is different from most other wars in that it was not a direct result of aggression by one entity towards another, notwithstanding the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian elements. Instead, it was the consequence of a number of forces amidst a disruption of the tenuous balance of power in Europe.
For the initial post, select and address one of the following:

Option 1: Identify two forces that lead to WWI. Examine how they contributed to the outbreak of war.
Option 2: Select a major battle such as Verdun, Marne, Ypres, or the Somme and chronicle that battle. Add further details about the battles.

What was the main strategy? What were they trying to accomplish?
How did leaders influence and mobilize troops?
What were the main consequences of the result?

Follow-Up Post InstructionsRespond to at least one peer. At least one of your responses should be to a peer who chose an option different from yours. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.
Writing Requirements

Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source)
APA format for in-text citations and list of references

Option 1: Identify two forces that lead to WWI. Examine how they contributed to the outbreak of war. (Hint: Think about “long-term” forces such as Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, and Nationalism.) Which of the two do you think was MOST responsible for the outbreak of war?
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