Wwi Essay Question

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  1. Discuss the impact of the Treaty of Westphalia on the international system. Do its effects still resonate today?
    • Created sovereignty and states
    • Spread European influence
    • Challenged spiritual authority with a preference for the secular for political leadership

  2. Discuss the impact of Napoleon on world politics. How did French military victory (and defeat) alter international politics?
    • In North America and the impact on the early United States
    • In Europe in relations with Britain and Russia
    • The Concert of Europe after 1814

  3. Discuss the impact of German unification.
    • Radically shifted balance of power
    • Influenced military strategy, mobilization, and readiness of Germany’s neighbors
    • Strongest power in Europe
    • Iron Chancellor and realpolitik
    • Bismarckian system

  4. Discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution.
    • Link to hierarchy among great powers
    • Britain was an industrial leader, and this status helped it become a global leader.
    • Germany also industrialized quickly and augmented its power.
    • France and especially Russia industrialized more slowly.
    • Link to trade
    • Industrialization was a major impetus for globalization.

  5. What led to World War I?
    • Uneven industrialization
    • Nationalism
    • Imperialism
    • Cult of the offensive
    • Alliance structure
    • Explanation by level of analysis
    • Explanation by paradigm

  6. What were the consequences of World War I?
    • Russian Revolution
    • Versailles settlement
    • A weak League of Nations and the road to another war
    • Economic collapse and the Great Depression

  7. What led to World War II?
    • Economic collapse
    • Protectionism
    • Nationalism
    • Fascism
    • Failure of the League of Nations
    • Overly punitive Versailles settlement
    • Changing balance of power
    • Explanation by level of analysis
    • Explanation by paradigm

  8. What were the consequences of World War II?
    • Uneasy alliance—the Cold War
    • The Holocaust
    • Atomic bomb

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