History Question

Please write a two-to-three-page essay explaining the causes of WWI. In your answer, please explicitly quote and discuss at least one specific passage from 2 different primary source documents below (there are 8 from which to choose, quote from at least 2). Please also be sure to draw upon and to cite relevant course materials from week 6 There are no points awarded for using outside sources in the paper. The purpose of the assignment is to see what you can do with the assigned materials. You may find that you wish to repeat some ideas that you expressed in the Discussions. The rule for this class is that you may not copy and paste from your own work but you may paraphrase yourself (same ideas; different words).

The paper should use proper citation: APA, MLA, or CMS, and have an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use 12-point font, Times New Roman, double spaced. Please see rubric below for complete grade breakdown.

Document 1: Dual Alliance between Germany and Austria-Hungary, 7 October 1879. https://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/The_Dual_Alliance_Between_Austria-Hungary_and_Germany

Document 2: “British Foreign Policy” by A.B.C., etc., National Review, November, 1901. https://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/The_ABC_Proposal_for_British_Foreign_Policy

Document 3: Interview of the Emperor Wilhelm II, London Daily Telegraph, October 28, 1908. https://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/The_Daily_Telegraph_Affair

Document 4: Official Statement of the German Government, “How Russia Betrayed Germany’s Confidence,” 1923. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/officialgermanstatement.htm

Document 5: Woodrow Wilson, “Strict Accountability’ Warning to Germany,” 1915.


Document 6: Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Baron Kato’s Explanation of Japan’s Decision to go to War with Germany, August 1914. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/tsingtau_kato.htm


Document 8: Italian Prime Minister, Antonio Salandra, “Declaration of Italy’s Entry into the War,” 1915. https://www.firstworldwar.com/source/italiandeclaration.htm


Sources and Length 50 points

includes the following: does the essay actually quote word for word, with quotation marks, two passages from two different document excerpts in the attached pdf? Does the essay reach to two full pages excluding title page, notes, and bibliography?

Argumentation 30 points

includes the following: does each body paragraph have one and only one main point? Does the main point tie in clearly to the overall thesis? Is that point fully supported with illustrating evidence and with analytical comments?

Writing style and citation 20, 10 points each

includes accurate vocabulary and grammar, uses only objective, formal language; contains no hyperbole, no first person references (“I will show”), no thinking/feeling language (“In my opinion”), personal anecdotes (“After I thought about it;” “I had a hard time finding”), or in-house references (“As the directions state”; “In our assigned readings”)

Requirements: 2-3 pages

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