15. At what point between 1919-1939 could Germany have been stopped without World War II? 16. How important was the Great Depression as a cause of Hitler’s rise to power and World War II? 17. How did new theories in physics and psychology in the period from 1900-1939 challenge existing ideas about the individual and society? 18. Analyze the impact of the First World War on European culture and society in the interwar period (1919-1939.) 19. Analyze the ways in which technology and mass culture contributed to the success of dictators in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
217 THEMATIC ESSAYS FOR WORLD WAR TWO 1. How would you compare the origins of the Second World War with the origins of the First? 2. The Second World War has been called the greatest conflict in human history, in part because ofthe heavy toll of civilian lives. How would you assess the responsibility of each of the major powers for the destruction of civilian populations and for other atrocities during the war? 3. Compare the peace settlement of Versailles with the peace settlement of World War Two (with both Germany and Japan.) 4. Explain why for the Allies -Britain, the United States and the USSR- 1942 was the bleakest year of the war. 5. "The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was more an ideological than an actual alliance." Assess the validity of this statement. 6. To what extent and in what ways did the United States, the USSR and Great Britain coordinatewar aims and strategies? 7. "The allied decision to demand "unconditional surrender" of the Axis powers lengthened the war needlessly." Defend or refute this statement. 8. Contrast and compare the results of the war on both the United States and the USSR. 9. Analyze the way the wartime cooperation of the United States and the Soviet Union degenerated within a few years after the end of the war into the Cold War. 10. Assess and analyze the extent to which the peace settlements in Europe at the end of World War I became causes of World War II. 11. In what ways did the peace settlements after World War II reflect lessons learned from the Versailles Treaty?
1. Analyze the ways in which the Cold War affected the political development of European nations from the end of the Second World War in 1945 to the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
- Spring '18
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