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write a 5-7 page essay in response to the question noted below. You should put forward a strong interpretive thesis that provides a clear answer to the question. Good papers will also feature a clear introductory paragraph, body paragraphs laying out the argument and a thoughtful conclusion. These two papers should each be between 5 and 7 pages (double spaced, with standard margin, and 12 point font). All sources must be noted in a properly formatted works cited page (not included in page count). All quotes and paraphrases must be properly cited with footnotes according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Essay: In the United States, World War II is often remembered as the “good war” – a supposedly noble undertaking carried out by the “greatest generation” against clearly defined “evil” enemies. Given what we have learned about the horrific violence employed by both the Axis and Allied war efforts, the widespread destruction and human suffering caused by the conflict, and the widely different experiences of participating nations: are you comfortable with calling the war “good”? Why or why not? Please advance a strong interpretive thesis defended with evidence from the course materials and any scholarly outside resources you wish to employ. Outside research is allowed but not required. All sources used must be scholarly, that is from a not for profit educational or research institution. If you have any doubt whether your source is scholarly, please consult with me well in advance of the due date.
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Assessing the Role of the USA in WWII

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When speaking about the meaning of the US participation in WWII, it must be kept in
mind that, in addition to the Pacific battlefield, combat operations were conducted in Europe and
in Africa, where the U.S. Army saw action, making a powerful contribution to the fight against
fascism. In order to give these military operations a proper assessment, it is necessary to
understand the precursors of the American entry into the war, the details of the war's
development, its results, the costs of leading it and of helping the allies, the degree of human and
technological loss, the political will of the present heads of state, and many other important
factors. In this essay, a number of these aspects will be considered in complexity.
In the late 1930's, when the threat of German fascism became undeniable, America
wasn't ready to participate in such a large-scale conflict.1 In particular, this was due to a low
level of the Army's combat readiness, together with an economy weakened by the Great
Depression.2 The condition of the U.S. Army was rather deplorable: it had access to outdated
weapons of the World War I era (such as the Springfield rifle of 1903 production), low military
salaries, low literacy levels among the recruits, and, of course, small numbers of enlisted men.
By the time the war started in September 1939, the American army consisted of just 174
thousand people. Nevertheless, the development of new types of weaponry and the increase in
military spending allowed to hope for a significant increase in the country's military capacity. In
1940, the U.S. government adopted a weapons program, which provided for an increase in
production of military planes. At the same time, in complete secrecy, the United States began
developing nuclear weapons.3

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Jonathan North, “Hitler’s Forgotten Victims.” World War II 80, no.20 (2006), 27.

'The European Economy in the Interwar Period.' https://content.umuc.edu/file/646ae48d-98ad-4656-9216-

ab733d00c374/3/TheEuropeanEconomyintheInterwarPeriod.pdf (accessed on 15 February 2018).
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Dallek, Robert. Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932–1945 (Oxford: Oxford
University Press,1995), 97.

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Considering the large number of people living in the country and the considerable
amount of natural resources necessary, the US was potentially one of the strongest participants of
the upcoming war. Unlikely as it may sound, the beginning of war in Europe had a positive
effect on the American economy.
Military aid to the partner countries of the anti-fascist coalition had become one of the
first successful American projects. The American president heard the request of his British
colleague, and, soon, transports headed across the At...


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