Twentieth-Century Europe

Discussion Questions III

I. Discussion Questions:  Select any two (2) of the following questions and respond to it; answer who? what? where? why? or when? use specific historical examples from the lectures and the Merriman text to support general statements. Correct grammatical and spelling errors before submitting your essays.  They are due while Unit III is covered in class.
1. Historians have attempted to identify the point at which Germany's defeat in World War II was certain; some argue for the Battle of Britain, while others favor the invasion of Russia, America's entry into the European war, the Battle of Stalingrad, or the D-Day invasion. In your essay, identify the point at which you think Germany's defeat was sure and provide evidence to support your interpretation.

2. Describe the nature of Adolf Hitler's New Order for Nazi-occupied Europe. What was the relationship of this New Order to the Final Solution? What means were the Nazis willing to use to accomplish their ends.

3. It can be argued that 1949, 1953, 1956, 1962, and 1989 are the most significant dates in the Cold War. In your essay, you are to identify the key events that took place during these years and argue--with appropriate supporting evidence--either for or against the proposition that these are the crucial turning points of the Cold War.

4. Summarize the major steps taken since 1945 to bring about European Integration and assess the successes and failures of this movement.

5. Explain how German Reunification took place and speculate--using history as your guidepost--about the importance of a unified Germany for the future of Europe.

6. Explain the meaning of the terms Glasnost and Perestroika, indicating what Mikhail Gorbachev wished to accomplish and why he failed.

7. Discuss the nature of the Middle East Wars (1948-Present), indicating why they took place and why the issues behind them have yet to be resolved.


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