Erman Civilization(The 1848 Revolution, the Second Reich, and the First World War)

Lesson Essay

When you can accomplish the learning objectives for this lesson, you should begin work on the lesson essay described below. You may use any assigned readings, your notes, and other course-related materials to complete this assignment. Be sure to reread the essay grading criteria on the Grades and Assessments page.

Your essay should be about 1,000 words long, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. It is worth 120 points and should address the topic below.

Discuss why the different types of German expansionism (military, colonial, industrial) in the Wilhelmine period helped force Germany and Europe down the path toward war in 1914. What other cultural and sociopolitical factors also played a role in this context? Do you agree with those historians who argue that Germany was responsible for the outbreak of World War I? Why or why not?