Survey of Modern History

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I should be able to write a five paragraph essay on one (1) of the following topics. In my answers, be specific and refer to various sources you have read.

A. Discuss in detail the underlying and immediate origins of World War I and the debate on the responsibility for the War. The War Guilt Question (Kriegsschuldfrage)

B. The Versailles Peace treaty ended one war but began another. Discuss in detail how the Versailles Peace treaty sowed the seeds of the Second World War.

C. Discuss the Debate over the Origins of Imperialism in the late 19th Century (include Lenin, Hobson and others in your answer). Why did nations become Imperialistic during this period? How could Imperialism cause dissension among Nations? How could it cause cooperation among Nations?

E. The 20th Century has been called the most brutal in history. Discuss this statement in detail. Do you agree or disagree? In your answer you should be able to describe three (3) instances of State sponsored brutality in detail supporting your conclusions.

F. Totalitarianism has been referred to as being born out of the mass movements of modern times. Discuss three (3) instances where Dictators have used the masses to take hold of power.

G. The Russian Revolution began the spread of Communist states in the 20th Century. What appeal did Communism have to the masses? Why did many Communist states fall apart in the late 1980's and early 1990's? Give at least 3 examples in detail.

H. Discuss the Origins of the “Cold War”. How “cold or hot” was this period of the 20th Century? Discuss at least 3 instances in detail of “Cold War” confrontation.

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