World War I Introduction
How and why did the world become inflamed with war?
Rationale
Purpose:
Students should understand how the century of war got its start due to several causes, like imperialism, nationalism, economic competition, etc. They should understand World War I because of its impact on World War II, the emerging role of the U.S. as a major power, the notion of total war, and its impact on troubles in Africa and the Middle East to this day. Also, students need to develop their ability to perceive causal relationships generally. Last, they need to learn to use the Internet to deepen their understanding of the world.