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America's Wars, Causes of

A guide to resources for the study of causes or origins of America's major armed conflicts.

Terminology

  • World War I or World War 1 or World War One -- used after the beginning of World War II
  • The First World War -- used after the beginning of World War II
  • The European War -- used before the entrance of the U.S.A. in to World War I
  • The Great War -- used between World War I and World War II

Reference Sources

Search Suggestions

Books, Videos, etc.
For books, etc. held by Notre Dame analyzing the causes of World War I use:
  • ND Catalog
  • Advanced Search
  • Subject
  • Is (exact)
  • and enter: 
    • World War, 1914-1918  Causes
  • For Post WWII analysis Limit ( on left) to: 
    • 1939 to 2018
  • OR
  • For Pre WWII analysis Limit ( on left) to: 
    • 1905 to 1939

 
Articles

For scholarly articles:

  • In one or more of the recommended article databases
  • Do a "keyword" search for:
    • "World War" 1914-1918  Causes
  • OR
    • ("world war I" OR "world war 1" OR "world war one") AND (cause* OR origin OR origins)
  • If retrieval is too great or too small,
    • limit search terms to title, subject or abstract,
    • adjust search by adding or removing or modifying search terms, and/or
    • limiting search results to "peer reviewed" or "refereed" articles.

For contemporary, pre-war ( 1905-1914 ) opinion & analysis:

In one or more of the recommended article databases

Do a "keyword" search for:

  • names of countries and their foreign policy ("foreign relations") with each other.
    • ("united kingdom" OR "great britain" OR england OR english) AND ("foreign relations" OR foreign policy") AND german*
    • (france OR french) AND "foreign relations" OR foreign policy") AND german*German* AND ("foreign relations" OR foreign policy")
  • Search for specific points of friction or events.
    • Serbia* AND (independence OR nation*)
    • (naval OR navy OR battleship*) AND (construct* OR supremacy OR superiority)
    • Tangier Crisis
    • Algeciras Conference
  • Limit results to:     
    • 1905-1914
  • If retrieval is too great or too small,
    • limit search terms to title, subject or abstract,
    • adjust search by adding or removing or modifying search terms

Primary Sources

 

For other collections of primary source held by Notre Dame:

  • ND Catalog
  • Advanced Search
  • Subject
  • Contains
    • "world war 1914-1918"
  • AND
  • Any
  • Contains
    • sources OR documents

 

See the "American Memory" project in the Library of Congress Collections.