15 SFI: AlliancesBalance of PowerRealpolitikThe German Question
16 SFI: Alternative Explanations The Eastern QuestionGermany’s Will to Power
17 Identifications of the Day Algeciras ConferenceHaldane MissionBosnian CrisisFirst Balkan WarAgadir Crisis
18 Essay of the Day"Wars may be started by a single incident. They are never caused by such an incident." With reference to any ONE twentieth century war show how far you agree with this statement. (1990) (HL)
19 Essay of the Day “started” “caused” “how far you agree” You must analyze and evaluate
20 SFI: Alternate Explanations The German QuestionThe Eastern QuestionThe Will to PowerSidney Fay Bradshaw Thesis
21 “The German Question”The creation of a powerful and united Germany upset the traditional balance of power in Europe, leading to World War I/.Donald Kagan tends to this view
22 “The Eastern Question” The problem of rising nationalism in the decaying Ottoman and Austrian Empires led to World War I
23 “The Will to Power” Fritz Fischer– a variation of the German Question Germany’s Will to Power—that is, aggressive policies—led to World War I
24 Sidney Bradshaw Fay Thesis What miscalculations / failuresAustria-HungaryRussiaGermanyFranceGreat Britain
25 How would you develop a multi-causal explanation for the outbreak of World War I? Rank the broad theories in descending order of importance.
26 Identifications of the Day Archduke Franz Ferdinandthe “blank checque”the Schlieffen PlanHarry Elmer BarnesFritz Fischer
27 Essay of the Day"Wars are caused by miscalculations of the aggressor and the failure of politicians and diplomats to exercise crisis management." Discuss the validity of this statement with reference to ONE twentieth century war. (1993) (HL)
28 “caused”“miscalculations”“failure Crisis management”“Discuss the validity”You must analyze and evaluate
29 Word to the Wise! Are you prepared to write one of these essays? Do you have a command of the SFI with which to support your arguments?Would Mr. Blackmon be so evil, wicked, mean, bad, and nasty as to make you write one of these??????