Please choose one of the following questions to answer for this week's assignment. When you respond to your fellow classmates this week, please choose someone who answered a different question than your own. This will help you familiarize yourself with more of the material.
1. How did the instability of politics at the turn of the century show itself in daily life and art? How did this set the stage for the coming war?
2. Other than the fact that WWI involved so many different nations, what else qualifies it as a "total war?" Do you think this was the world's first "total war?" Why or why not?
3. Some historians have debated whether World War I actually ended or if World War I and II were really one massive, Europe-wide event. After reading about the unfolding of World War I and the tensions, problems and concerns that were rampant during the Inter-War era, what do you think? Were the two World Wars separate events, or one big, cluster of aggression? Defend your opinion using historical evidence and be sure to explain your ideas thoroughly. If you think they were two separate events, why? If you think they should be seen as one event, why? Where do you see World War I ending? Why at that point?