War Crimes: Definitions and Perspectives

A 12 page overview of the definitions and perceptions surrounding war crimes. Discusses the Geneva Convention and the Nuremberg Trials and provides numerous examples of historical events which classify as war crimes. Emphasizes that all parties of wartime action are capable of war crimes but that it is the victor which most often records history and determines the occurrence such crimes. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

“Nuremberg Trials”

A five page paper which looks at the purpose of the Nuremberg trials, the concept of war crimes, and the way in which the ethical issues raised at Nuremberg are relevant in other areas of society. Bibliography lists 4 sources

Hugo Black: One Individual Asserting his Civil Rights

5 pages. When we look at how Justice Black was allowed to serve on the Supreme Court and the fact that he did, in his own way, serve fairly and doing good for all people in an equal sense, we must consider the philosophy of civil rights in general. Being a former Klansman did not have to taint Black's ability to serve as a credible Supreme Court Justice, nor did it. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Organized Crime in America

In four pages this paper examines the sociopolitical phenomenon of organized crime in America in an overview that includes definition, its development in the United States, its attempts to influence the government, and the organization of organized crime groups after the Prohibition era. Four sources are listed in the bibliography.

War Crimes:

This 8 page paper discusses the history of war crimes and focuses specifically on what factors lead soldiers to commit crimes. This paper discusses specific war criminals as examples. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

American Soldiers in Korea; Crime

This 5 page paper considers the different types of crimes committed by American soldiers whilst in Korea. These range from war crimes committed in the 1950's to murder in 1999. Details and discussion are given in the cases cited. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

Organized Crime In Chicago

This 12 page paper discusses organized crime as it existed in Chicago from its inception through Prohibition. Social ramifications are addressed as are the various causes and effects of Mafia and other organized crime behavior illustrated by the case of Chicago. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

A Response to the “Agenda for Civil Justice Reform in America”

A 6 page overview of the issues surrounding civil litigation. Emphasizes that while it is true that excess litigation can prove a detriment to the country, there are definite needs which are not being addressed by the Civil Justice System. Uses examples from three books: Walter K. Olson’s “The Litigation Explosion”, Jonathan Harr's "A Civil Action", and Peter H. Schuck's "Agent Orange on Trial: Mass Toxic Disasters in the Courts" to illustrate the inadequacies of our civil justice system. Concludes that the civil justice system is more often an opponent of the “little guy” or the “weaker guy” than it is an advocate. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Buchner And Koestler: The Tides Of Revolution

Georg Buchner's play on the French Revolution, Danton's Death, and Arthur Koestler's novel, Darkness at Noon, both portray the consequences of opposing a popular revolution. This 5 page essay explores the similarities and differences between the French and Bolshevik Revolutions in light of these two literary works. No additional sources are listed.

Revolution Works

A 5 page paper which compares "Darkness at Noon" by Arthur Koestler, and "Danton's Death" by Georg Buechner. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.

Survival of the Fittest

This 3 page essay looks at Herbert Spencer's contributions to sociology. His primary concept is illustrated using modern day examples.The concept of the roles that war and morality play is included. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Two Views of War: Jomini and Clausewitz

This 6 page paper discusses the views of war held by Antoine-Henri Jomini and Carl von Clausewitz and argues that they are surprisingly similar; it also explains some of Clausewitz’s metaphors and what he would think of General Mac Arthur’s comment that there is “no substitute for victory.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Microhistory Europe Early 16th Century

A 9 page paper that discusses microhistorical events of the early to mid-16th century by discussing three specific books: Ginzburg's The Cheese and the Worm: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth Century Miller; Davis' The Return of Martin Guerre; and Nalle's Mad for God: Bartolome Sanchez, the Secret Messiah of Cardenete. The paper comments on the topic of religion and oppression found in these microhistorical accounts. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Twain, Davis & James/19th Century Writers

A 7 page essay that contrasts and compares the writing styles of three brilliant American nineteenth century writers. The writer argues that examination of representative works from these authors demonstrates that Twain's intention is primarily humorous, as typified by his short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," while Davis' goal in "Life in the Iron-Mills" is to instigate social reform, and James' Daisy Miller is more concerned with simply contrasting the aspiring culture of a young nation in the New World to the moribund standards of the Old. No additional sources cited.

General George S. Patton

A 5 page paper that discusses Patton’s leadership style. General George S. Patton, Jr. was loved, hated, respected, and feared. Some people even thought he was crazy because he believed in reincarnation. He always saw himself as a warrior. He could be dictatorial and autocratic one minute and then use a system of rewards and punishments the next day. His leadership style must be identified as situational. Bibliography lists 4 sources.