Mulligan, W. (2011, March). “The Origins of the First World War.” History Review.

Pages 12-17.…

Cook, C., & Stevenson, J. (2004). The Routledge Companion to Modern European History since 1763.

For a timeline of events related to World War I, review “International Background to the First World War, 1882-1914.”…

Howard, M. (2007). First World War: A very short introduction.

Read the section on “The Home Front” in Chapter 5.…

Lukacs, J. (2013). A short history of the twentieth century.

Read Chapter 2, (pp. 16-29)…

For your Discussion this week, you will assess how past relationships influence current global relationships.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the Lukacs and Mulligan readings in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Recall the immediate events and circumstances that brought about the start of World War I. How and why did events unfold as they did?
  • Consider the various causes of World War I. To what extent did the alliance system, imperialism, the arms race, public opinion, the missteps of national leaders, or other factors contribute to the start of the war? 

With these thoughts in mind:


Post a response to the Discussion Spark post. Your response should contain at least two significant paragraphs. Read the Discussion Rubric as it will inform your writing.

Important Note: The Discussion Spark and the weekly Discussion topic below will be graded together. You will see one score in your My Grades area.


Post a 2- to 3-paragraph assessment of the long-term and short-term causes of World War I, including which of these causes you think were the most influential. Support your assertions by making multiple references to your course readings.

Be sure to support your ideas by properly citing at least one of week’s Learning Resources, in APA format, within your initial post. As this is a post-first discussion board, you will not be able to see the work of your peers until you have posted the initial discussion requirement for the week.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.


Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Validate your colleague’s selection of significant individuals by sharing your thoughts on the people profiled, based on your readings in the Learning Resources or other outside research.
  • Expand on your colleague’s post by offering a new perspective or insight based on your readings in the Learning Resources or other outside research.
  • Support your colleague’s post by suggesting additional examples from this week’s Learning Resources.

Week 3 Discussion Spark Below:

World War I was originally titled “the Great War,” under the (false) belief there would never be another war on such a grand scale. Thinking as historians, what might the stakes be in calling the conflict a global one versus not, especially for the many European colonies in the world forced into the conflict that would have had no rooting interest without being forced into the conflict by their colonial masters? Finally, how might this shape the way they look at those European powers into the present?  


Douglas Falasco

RE: Discussion – Week 3


There were both longterm as well as short term causes of WW1 that led to the great war. There were political causes as well as physical causes that launched the powder keg of Europe into a war. One of the immediate short term causes of WW1 was the assassination of Austrian Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian Terrorist (Lukacs, 2013). Serbia had already been deemed a problem by most of Europe before 1914. So this assassination was the spark that was needed to launch Europe into the Great War. The Austrian Govt and its military chiefs that this assassination was a sufficient opportunity to punish Serbia for their present and previous atrocities (Lukacs, 2013). This forced allies of these nation to clash with each other who happened to be super powers. This would almost launch the whole continent of Europe into a war.

There were also many long term causes of the war that were building up over time. More so political policies such as nationalism. Nationalism boils down to pride in your nation and it was very prevelant in Europe and North America. With this nationalism has been and still is the most popular political sentiment (Lukacs, 2013). The reason nationalism is still so prevelant is because of the first Great War. It made nations realize to be proud of their countries. But this pride also led to conflict between countries who were not supportive of other nations pushing their policy and beliefs on other nation that were not previously that way.

Lukacs, J. (2013). A short story of the twentieth century…

Shawn Taylor

RE: SPARK Discussion – Week 3


In calling world war I a global war, we stress the impacts of imperialism. In other words, we confirm that a European war spread globally due to the political, economic, and social interconnections that Europe had with the rest of the world. Also, when we do not call it a global war, we refute the above claim. In other words, we can say that the war had the most impact in Europe but not the rest of the world. For example, Americans entered the war but never fought on U.S. soil. So, it was not global. If we take these claims, we can look at European powers negatively. This is because they pulled people into their war or for the fact that the war was not as global as they claim.

“The war changed the economic balance of the world, leaving European countries deep in debt and making the U.S. the leading industrial power and creditor in the world. Inflation shot up in most countries, and the German economy was highly affected by paying for reparations. After WW1, the need for an international body of nations that promotes security and peace worldwide became evident. This caused the founding of the League of Nations. WW1 boosted research in technology because better transport and means of communication gave countries an advantage over their enemies” (Michael, S., 2018(.


Michael, S. (2018, November 15). Effects of World War 1 – History. Retrieved from History website:…

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