Learning Resources


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

Hamby, A. (2009). Outline of U.S. History.

Hamby, A. (2009). Outline of U.S. History. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

  • Read Chapter 8, beginning with “Ambivalent Empire.”…

    To prepare for this Discussion:
    • Review the Howard and Hamby readings in this week’s Learning Resources.
    • Consider the social, political, and economic conditions in the major countries of Europe and North America prior to World War I. How did these conditions vary from country to country? In what ways were conditions in these countries similar to or different from one another?
    • Consider the rival alliances that existed in Europe prior to World War I. How did the nations of Europe decide with whom to ally?
    With these thoughts in mind:BY DAY 2Post 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.BY DAY 4Post by Day 4 a 2- to 3-paragraph analysis where you demonstrate how the social and political conditions in the countries of Europe and North America impacted the lives of their citizens and influenced international relations before World War I. 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.BY DAY 7Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:
    • Validate your colleague’s post by sharing your thoughts on the country 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.

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