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The Exam is due on Thursday, February 13

ANSWER BOTH PART I AND PART II OF THE EXAM.

I. For FIVE (5) of
the following ten (10) terms, give a concise (two to four paragraph—300 – 600
words) description of its significance for the history of the Second World War.
(8 pts each) Note: do not write on all terms. Number your answers according to
the number of the terms below.

the Munich Peace Conference (Sept. 1938).

German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, Aug., 1939

The Atlantic Charter.

Operation Dynamo; evacuation from Dunkirk, May-Jun 1940

The “Battle of Britain†July-Sept 1940.

Battle of Midway, June, 1942

Stalingrad.

Battle for Guadalcanal Aug 42 – Feb 43.

Battle of El Alamein

Operation Typhoon.

II. Write on TWO (2) of the following questions. Your answer
to each question should be about 1000-1500 words (roughly 2 – 4 pages). (30 pts
each).

Consider the following statements.

–“The War that began in Europe in 1939 was caused by
Hitler’s unbridled ambition, power lust, and twisted ideology.â€

–“The War that began in Europe in 1939 was caused by the
injustices, misguided ambitions, and unrealistic political and territorial
changes imposed by the treaties forced upon Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria
and Turkey following the First World War.â€

–“The War that began in Europe in 1939 was caused by the
timidity, confusion, weak leadership, and short-sightedness of the victorious
powers of 1918—especially France, Great Britain, and the United States.â€

–“The War that began in Europe in 1939 was caused by
mistakes and miscalculations by all parties.â€

1. “The War that began in Europe in 1939 was caused by … “

Complete this sentence and justify your conclusions.

2. Hindsight is 20/20, so they say. If you were charged with
supreme direction of the German armed forces and Reich on or about 1 October,
1940 (and assuming you had the interests of the Greater German Reich at heart,
whatever you conceive them to be) what military and/or diplomatic actions would
you plan and carry out? Compare your decisions with those taken by Hitler in
the same circumstances.

3. Answer Question 1 again, replacing the words “in Europe
in 1939†with “in Asia and the Pacific in 1941†(and other changes as
appropriate).

4. Answer Question 2 again, replacing the words “Germanâ€
with “Imperial Japanese†and the date “1 October, 1940†with “1 January, 1942â€
(and other changes as appropriate).

5. If you were a military attache at the U.S. Embassy in
London at the beginning of July, 1940, charged with submitting a short
estimation of the situation and probable actions of the opposing forces (and
their likely outcomes) in the impending Battle of Britain, what would you
write?

6. A standard exercise in Business Schools is the SWOT
analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). Do a SWOT analysis
for one of the major powers (Germany, Great Britain, France, Soviet Union,
Japan, or the United States) at some date of your choice between 1938 and 1941.

 

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