Answer the following short essay questions (minimum of 275 words). Support your response with SPECIFIC EXAMPLES and SOURCE-BASED EVIDENCE. Pay particular attention to TIME and PLACE.
1. What was the Great War, a.k.a. World War I? Why did it occur? Why do we care?
- A World War Reading: Bentley & Ziegler, Ch. 33 – The Great War, pp. 762-789:
- Memorandum, General Syrian Congress, p. 785
2. What was the Great Depression? Why did it happen? Why does it matter?
- Reading: Bentley & Ziegler, Ch. 34 – An Age of Anxiety, pp. 790-811
- Reading: Bentley & Ziegler, Ch. 35
– Nationalism and Political Identities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, pp. 812-832 Reading: Peter Fritzsche, “Introduction” in Germans into Nazis, Marcus Garvey, p. 824
Franklin Roosevelt and the Soviet Five-Year Plan, pp. 801 & 805
3. What was World War II? What caused it? Why is it relevant?
World War II and the Cold War Reading: Bentley & Ziegler, Ch. 36
- New Conflagrations: World War II and the Cold War, pp. 834-862 –
- Reading: Mazower, “The End of Eurocentrism”
- Hiroshima Maiden and Heinrich Himmler, pp. 847 & 851
4. What was Decolonization? Why did it happen? Why do we care?
Reading: Bentley & Ziegler, Ch. 37
- The End of Empire, pp. 864-889 Reading: Elias Chacour, “Seeds of Hope,” Chapter 8 in Blood Brothers
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Kwame Nkrumah, pp. 869 & 877
Answer the essay question (minimum 750 words) according to the following
1. Write a clear thesis in your opening paragraph.
2. Accurately support your thesis with source-based evidence. (Lecture,
Textbook, Primary, and Secondary. Course sources only!!!)
3. Reference time and place throughout.
4. Analyze at least FIVE “events” OF YOUR CHOICE from world history since
1700 (i.e. the Atlantic Slave trade, the Industrial Revolution, World War One).
5. Address a broad geographic scope: Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
(This is World History, after all).
6. Argue logically & persuasively – either “yes” or “no” – but address both sides.
Question: Many scholars today see the “Global View” of modern history as little more
than a narrative of Eurocentrism—a story that ultimately reaffirms the rise of European
power and culture. Given everything you have learned about world history since 1700,
do you agree with these historians?