Paper topic one. The papers are designed to get you thinking about, and critically
analyzing, the documents. You should feel perfectly free to bring in other
reading that you've done for class; it is not my expectation that you do any
outside research beyond the documents mentioned in the assignment. The paper
should run roughly 6-8 pages; you can go longer if you need to.
Did the Great War change American
anti-imperialism? Compare and contrast the prewar examples of anti-imperialism
we read (such as the
George Hoar speech and the Isidor Rayner speech in the course packet) with
Asle Gronna's remarks on the League of Nations (if you do this question, ask
me for copies of the Gronna and Rayner speeches).
How wide an ideological gulf separated the
three sides in the League of Nations/Versailles debate? Compare and contrast
the perspectives of
Lodge, and Gronna (if you do this question, ask me for copies of the
Paper topic two. You should feel
perfectly free to bring in other reading that you've done for class; it is not
my expectation that you do any outside research.
To what extent did the British/American war
aims during World War II, as embodied in the
Atlantic Charter, reflect the thinking of either (or both) nations during
World War I. Compare and contrast the charter with Wilson's ultimate statement
of war aims--the 14
Points--and a similar document offered by British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George.
The US decision to drop the bomb remains one
of the most controversial foreign policy actions ever taken by the United
States. What motivated US policymakers to act as they did? Begin with this
article, and then examine the historiographical controversy around the
complete with ample documentation. (Warning: This topic is an interesting
one, but there's a decent amount of supplementary reading, especially in the
Paper topic three. We enter the Cold War era.
To what extent did the Middle East fit into US Cold War
strategy? Analyze the basic principles of containment as seen through
and then discuss its relationship (or lack thereof) to Truman's and
Eisenhower's policies in Iran, Egypt, and Israel.
Was Vietnam typical of US Cold War policy? Analyze the
documents assigned for our class on JFK and Vietnam, with an eye toward
determining whether the administration had any clear motive in its approach to
Paper topic four. Vietnam and after.
1. How did Vietnam affect the media, and vice versa? Discuss,
with reference to these
recollections by journalists who covered the war. Compare the Vietnam/media
relationship to that discussed by
CNN reporters Bernard
Shaw and Peter Arnett in Gulf War I, which is also discussed in this
2. Did the Bush administration have a clear and consistent
policy regarding Iraq? Compare and contrast
NSD 45, and the