Imperialism and World War I


Compose an original one- to two-page paper on a topic of your choice that relates to the assignment title and the time period under discussion in class this week. You will find resources, including a few primary sources that you may use, in the module entitled Imperialism and WW1.

Your paper should include the following:

  1. Use your textbook or another online source to construct a brief introduction to the topic. Examples of topics for this section include “What oversees territories did the US take from Spain in the Spanish Cuban American War?” and “How did the sinking of the Lusitania speed US entry into WW1?”
  2. Provide a citation and a description for a primary source document such as a contemporary newspaper report, a government document, a letter or a work of art such as a photograph or painting that you believe will help me understand more about the topic. You can find primary sources using Google or another search engine. Remember a primary source must be from the time period under discussion and must have been a direct observer or participant in the event under discussion. There are several examples of primary sources in the Module. If you need help with what you need to write about a primary source, see the article about “Analyzing a primary source” in the Resources module for a list of questions.
  3. Tell me your opinion about the historical debate or issue, and what sources you believe would help you better understand the topic.