Thursday, April 24, 2014

American History I

AHI students are discussing the concepts or causes that led to World War I.  Additionally, we will be discussing the major events and effects of the war.

EXTRA CREDIT: How can patriotism be a negative force--a cause to war?  Think nationalism and WWI.

EXTRA CREDIT (2): How can concern for your national security be a negative force--a cause to war?  Think militarism and WWI.


  1. Extra Credit 1. If you have too much self assurance in your own country, might think that your country is unbeatable in any situation. This arrogance can lead to war.

    Extra Credit 2. Concern for your countries security can be a bad thing by that you believe that your country should solve all it's problem militarily. This can quickly lead to war.

    -Braden Thier

  2. Extra Credit 1: If a country becomes to arrogant they may think they can't be defeated and therefore want to cause war with other countries like in WW1 Germany was beating Britain in size and navel force so Britain expanded and that provoked Germany.

    Extra Credit 2: If a country is concerned they might try to bulk up their army and then other countries try to stop that which leads to war

  3. Derek Hickman, Esq.April 24, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    1. Patriotism can be a negative force because people can be so patriotic they become racist. One such example is Western Expansion. We assimilated their culture and thought it was for the good of our country. The Serb that assassinated Archduke Ferdinand thought he was doing a service to the country and made his fellow kinsmen rise up in a twisted patriotism that would be viewed as terrorism today.
    2. Concern for national security could cause a sense of injustice when a threat appears. People tend to want to defend their home and the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was a pre-emptive strike. The same could be said about Pearl Harbor. Japan knew it was going o be in a conflict with us and decided to take out our main Pacific naval base. The Serbs thought they could throw the Austrians into a panic by assassinating the heir to the throne, but Emperor Franz Joseph couldn't care less. Austria only declared war when threatened by the Serbs.

  4. 1. Patriotism could be a cause of war, if you believe that your country is the greatest, and want to have control over yourselves. Hence when the Black Hand assassinated Archduke Ferdinand, they wanted to rule over themselves, which sparked all of WWI.

    2. When countries began declaring war, many alliances came into play. Being allies with someone who is in a war, could totally jeopardize your national security, especially when you find yourself in the middle of an arms race.

  5. Sarah Moen:

    1. Patriotism can be a negative force and a cause to war when patriotism turns to nationalism. At that point, it turns from love for one's country to the belief that one's country is far superior to all others, and that nothing will be able to beat them. For example, extreme nationalism in the European countries prior to the start of World War I provided the sparks for war. Every country believed it was indestructible.

    2. Concern for national security can be a negative force and a cause to war when a nation arms itself past what is necessary. This is known as militarism, and commonly originates in nationalism. Countries seeking to prove that they are the biggest and best will do so with their armed forces. They will seek out every new kind of military technology. However, this increased national security may cause other countries to become nervous, leading them to do the same. Soon enough, the countries will find themselves declaring war due to the threat of the other country.

  6. Grace Williams
    EXTRA CREDIT: How can patriotism be a negative force--a cause to war? Think nationalism and WWI.
    Patriotism can easily cause war. When patriots are overly patriotic, they become racists, racists or should I say “nationalists.” These nationalists cause problems in foreign affairs, by protesting change, or the allowance of immigration. When a country's citizens insult foreigners these foreigners grow to hate the country, causing war. During war nationalists create hate in their country towards the other country by convincing others that having enemies is “the American thing to do.”

  7. EXTRA CREDIT: How can patriotism be a negative force--a cause to war? Think nationalism and WWI.
    The presence of patriotism in a country will cause the country to become more likely to go to war - a patriotic country tend to think that it is better and more important than other countries. Another thing is that it will react strongly if the country is insulted, and the thought of war might not seem like a bad thing if the country is arrogant and has too much confidence. For example, one of the things that made America enter WWI was the famous De Lôme letter, in which the President was insulted.

    EXTRA CREDIT (2): How can concern for your national security be a negative force--a cause to war? Think militarism and WWI.
    When a country is concerned for its security, it is more anxious, and there's a good chance it will expand their military. If other countries do the same, they will all make each other improve their military. When Russia mobilized their army, it was another factor provoking Germany and getting the war going.
    -Josefine Baumgarten

  8. Patriotism can become a strong negative force and in some cases contribute to the outbreak of a war. During WWI in Germany people were patriotic for their country, so patriotic in fact that it could be a viewed as nationalism. Nationalism like patriotism requires a great love for your country but it also implies that your country is the best or is invincible. The nationalism that was present in Germany at this period was a big factor in going to war. The press spread the wildfire and the citizens put their full faith in their powerful government and pleaded for war.

    ~Stephen Cooke

  9. Reply for EC 2.
    Concern for your national security can hold negative influence and even cause war. Wilson tried to maintain America's neutrality in the European wars but with attacks coming closer and closer to home, many Americans felt threatened. Germany's vastly militaristic and nationalist attitude only heightened the alarm. Citizens began choosing sides and calling for war as the only response to being threatened by the European War.

    ~Stephen Cooke