identify and discuss at least one aspect about WWI that you believe historians should focus on. What do you think is the most important story about WWI?
Read Chapters 18 and 19 in Give Me Liberty textbook.
This discussion asks you to apply the concepts from the module’s readings to present your thoughts on a major event in U.S. History. This practice helps you to develop the skill of engaging with sources. You have the opportunity here to practice applying, translating, and re-working what you have learned to function in unexpected ways.
1. Recall key events, figures, and ideas of WWI and the interwar period in the United States. 2. Contextualize, criticize, defend, and debate significant ideas found in historical primary sources of
WWI and the interwar period in the United States.
Discussion Prompt World War I essentially determined the trajectory of twentieth-century world history, and the conflict had an important impact on American history. The historiography on WWI is immense, with historians (from all over the world) taking a number of different perspectives, contributing different arguments about the significance of the conflict, and examining a wide range of issues and topics.
This discussion asks you to identify and discuss at least one aspect about WWI that you believe historians should focus on. What do you think is the most important story about WWI? If you were writing a history about WWI, what would you write about? What is the experience that students of WWI absolutely need to know about? What is the story that needs to be told? What is most significant about WWI history? What is the “big take away”? Your answer can focus on the American, European, or global historical experience.
Your response to the question(s) needs to first identify in the introduction at least one part of WWI history that you find most interesting/significant—the big takeaway(s). Then the remaining page should explain why. The explanation needs incorporate historical evidence. The discussion should not be a “general history.”