History response paper

History response paper

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World War I and World War II were “pivot points” in world history in the sense that they produced new global conditions and gave rise to new movements. From the Treaty of Versailles (1919) through the founding of the United Nations (1945) and the years that followed, the world wars gave way to new nationalist, internationalist and reform movements in many countries.

Select one of the following four nations to discuss: Germany, India, China, Japan or Russia.

Using assigned readings only, write a comparative analysis of this nation’s situation in the World War I-postwar era (1917-1940) with its situation in the World War II-postwar era (1943-1960). Was the country better off after World War I or after World War II? Explain why, using cited examples from the reading. In what ways did the situation stay the same? How did conditions change materially, culturally or environmentally in these two post-war eras? Why?

Besides citing assigned readings, your comparative analysis this time should include two primary source speeches, one from the post-WWI era and one from the post-WWII era. Many historical figures in Germany, India, China and Russia gave rousing speeches at different moments on different issues. Many of these speeches can be found (in English translation) online. You are to incorporate one speech in the post-WWI section and another speech in the post-WW2 section.

Suggested Organization of the Response

In crafting your essay, your comparative analysis should be organized with:

an intro + thesis
2 major sections (WWI-era and WWII-era)
at least two paragraphs in each of the body sections (WW1 era and WW2 era)
at least one P – topic sentence/response followed by evidence/examples (!!!assigned readings only!!!) to back up your points
one P – topic sentence, relate the speech that you have found
speech paragraph should relate to larger, comparative argument
How does it exemplify or highlight issues you have raised?
Finally, you should write a concluding paragraph that recaps the main points of your comparison of this nation’s situation in the two eras.

HINT: Outline your essay before writing it.
HINT: Figure out your evidence, examples, main points before writing.

Rules for Finding Primary Source Speeches

This time, you are free to Google away! However, there are some groundrules:

1. You must use/cite a web-page with the ENTIRE, ACTUAL SPEECH.

See examples below (you can’t use these speeches in your paper):

2. The speech must be less than 2000 words long.

3. You must cut and paste the text of the actual speech at the end of your paper.
(It won’t count toward your word-count, and it’s not plagiarism even though safeAssign will note a “match.”
FORMATTING: Do a page-break then do a subheading that includes:

Speech Title:
Speech Location:
Speaker Name:

Cut and paste the text of the speech after that. Do another page-break and repeat for your second speech.

3. Speeches must be less than 2000 words long! (ex. Stalin’s “Speech to Voters” is 1954 words; Hitler’s is about 905 words)

4. It should be a famous speech. Do some reading, make a determination that the speech had some bearing on the country’s history in the era.

Here are three examples:

Hitler’s Speech at the Putsch Trial (1924):

Gandhi’s Speech on the Kashmir Issue (1948):

Stalin’s Speech to Voters (1937):

5. Its easy to find leader-speeches (like above) given almost exclusively by MEN
The extra-smart can search for other famous speeches, such as those given by WOMEN, MINORITIES or others typically without a spot at the podium. These are much harder to find. If you want to go this route, the ONLY extra rules are:
(1) the speech had to have been relatively famous, documented by that nation’s historians
(2) the speech had to have been written/delivered by an Indian/German/Russian/Chinese person. (ie a citizen)
THESE HARDER TO FIND SPEECHES CAN GO OVER THE 2000-word limit, but not by too much.

Here’s an example:

Speech Delivered By Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Leader Of The Indian Delegation, At The General Assembly Of The United Nations On October 25, 1946.

• 1100-1200 Words

• Use in-line citations, i.e. (Roberts, p. 40)

• Outside research, online, ONLY for the speeches

• Do NOT use block quotes or quote excessively

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