Michael Neiberg, ed., The World War I Reader

Please answer two of the following questions in essay format. Your answers will need to be typed, double spaced, Times New Roman 12pt Font, with 1 inch margins. In addition, you will need to cite from the lecture, your textbook, and readings using footnotes in Turabian style (please consult the video I posted in week 4 discussing the exam), but consult http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html (Links to an external site.) for more assistance). Ideally, the entire part of your exam should be 4-6 pages, approximately 2-3 pages per question. Your essay must be submitted by 11:59 Monday to DropBox late submissions without good reason will be assessed a -5 point per day late penalty. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Discuss the evolution of warfare from 1914 to 1916. What were the new developments? How and why did the war stalemate? What attempts were there to break the deadlock on the Western Front? How successful were they? What characterized the offensives of 1915? What new technologies attempted to force an end to the war? Was there any chance of a quick end to the war?

 

Discuss the war at Sea, 1914-1916. What were the Allied Powers and Central Powers respective plans? What did they hope to accomplish? How successful was the new weapon, the submarine? How successful was the dreadnought? What major engagements were fought, and how did they affect the war on land?

 

Discuss the attempts to broaden the war away from the Eastern and Western Fronts in 1915. What new allies were recruited? Why did these new fronts fail? What contributed to their failure? Pay particular attention to the Gallipoli Campaign why was such a high level of expectation placed on it? Was it in fact critical to the war effort?

 

Discuss the Hell in the Trenches in 1916, specifically the Verdun, Brusilov, and Somme Offensives. What were the goals of these offensives? Could they have ended the war? Discuss the performance in each case, and examine why they all ultimately bogged down. In addition, how do these offensives coupled with the Armenian Genocide show a new, deadlier war emerging?

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Michael Neiberg, ed., The World War I Reader