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Analyzing Homeward Bound American Families in the Cold War Era by Elaine Tyler May »

A 6 page paper which analyzes Elaine Tyler May's 1988 book "Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era," which asserts that after World War II, Americans preferred marrying young, perpetuating traditional gender roles and a secure home life, because of the unsettling experiences of the Great Depression, World ...
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Second World War's Mythological Nature »

A 4 page analysis of the book 'The Best War Ever: America and World War II,' by Michael C.C. Adams. The writer demonstrates how Adams explores and debunks the myths that Americans have insisted on associating with the 'last good war' - World War II. No additional sources cited.
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America's Wars »

This 5 page paper examines the American rationale for its involvement in the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the latest conflict—Iraq. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Gearing Up for War: Europe 1939 »

This 8 page paper discusses conditions in Europe on the eve of World War II. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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A World War II Submarines History »

A 7 page review of the factors that interplayed in determining the utilization of submarines in World War II. The author notes the development of the submarine in the U.S. Civil War but contends that it was largely ignored by world powers until World War II. The Germans distinguished themselves ...
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1898 to 1948 Spanish History »

Spain was forced to grant independence to most of its colonies during the 1800s. The remaining colonies (Cuba and the Philippines) were lost to the United States in 1898 at the end of the Spanish-American War. This 5 page paper explores fifty years of Spanish history, from the end of the Spanish ...
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We Now Know Rethinking the Cold War History by John Lewis Gaddis »

5 pages. Yale Professor John Lewis Gaddis, in his book, "We Now Know: Rethinking the Cold War History", tells us that the Cold War was inescapable. Depending upon one's interpretation, Gaddis ascertains that the Cold War possessed many instigators from American paranoia to a lack of mutual cooperation ...
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The Specific Causes of the Two World Wars »

A 5 page paper that discusses the causes and events leading up to these two world wars. Historians do not agree as to the events leading up to the Great War but they do agree on the causes of the second world war. Some say the first war never really ...
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A Consideration of American History from 1865 until 1945 »

16 pages in length. The writer touches upon important events that took place in America between 1865 and 1945, including slavery, civil rights and the Reconstruction; political machines; industrialization; the Progressive Era; and the Spanish/American War and World Wars I & II. Bibliography lists 18 sources.
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Iraqi War and Its Impacts on the U.S. Economy »

A 3 page overview of the two views regarding the economic impact our current war with Iraq will have on the American economy. Those who support the war often contend that it will positively impact the economy much like World War II was successful in bringing us out of ...
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Link Between the Civil Rights Movement and Black Missississippians Service in the Second World War »

A 14 page (13 pp. + 1 pg. outline) paper which examines how serving in the U.S. armed forces during World War II in World War II influenced black Mississippians to become prominent members of the civil rights movement, specifically considering Medgar and Charles Evers and Amzie Moore. Bibliography ...
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1941 through 1951 America's Changing Decade A Decade of Change »

This 3 page paper explores U.S. history and the impact that World War II, the Korean War and the cold war had on the nation. Both the economy and the American psyche are discussed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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A Personal View of The End of Victory Culture »

A 5 page paper in which the writer provides an overview of his concepts in The End of Victory Culture, especially as they relate to the transition in perceptions of the American war story in post-World War II Cold War America. No additional sources cited.
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Compare and Contrast: The Two World Wars »

A 12 page paper which details some of the circumstances of World War I and II. World War I took place in the beginning of the century and changed the balance of powers that were in existence for centuries. Europe was virtually devastated by the war and the United States ...
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US Economy and the War Against Terrorism »

A 12 page overview of the impact of our current world fight against terrorism as it applies to world economy. This paper reviews the impacts this fight has had on American economy in comparison with other regions of the world. The contention is presented that despite the criticism our current ...
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Changes in the 20th Century »

A 6 page outline on the societal changes which occurred during the Twentieth Century. Discusses some of the major events such as World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Coordinates the technological evolution experienced in this century with the societal changes which have occurred and ...
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The Cold War: Causes, Treaties, and Ongoing Tensions »

This 6 page paper traces the root causes of the Cold War all the way back to the Russian Civil War and discusses how the tensions between the US and Russia magnified during the middle war years and World War II. Incidents such as the Cuban Missile Crisis almost ...
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Tone Setting Early 20th Century Conflicts »

This 6 page paper examines the twentieth century and how early conflicts predicted the rest of what would occur. World War I and World War II are examined along with conflicts like Vietnam and the Cold War. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Postive and Negative Impacts of the Two World Wars »

6 pages in length. Postwar activities inherently reflect the inevitable process of catch-up and convergence; while this process takes place, scores of people work diligently as a means by which to piece their lives back together. In assessing the positive and negative impacts of both World War I ...
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Labor Unions and War »

24 pages in length. The role labor unions have played with regard to wartime activities has been historically conspicuous. As integral as these unions were when it came to the comprehensive influence of war, they did not always fare well in the aftermath. Indeed, it can be argued ...
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Economic Stimulation of War »

The costs of war almost always increase the budget deficit and spur a downturn in the economy. Short, well-run wars such as World War II and the first Gulf War, provide a springboard for economic growth after completion because budgeted capital, earmarked and just joining the war effort, is suddenly ...
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Churchill/The Gathering Storm »

A 5 page book review that examines Winston Churchill’s World War II memoir. Churchill, as Prime Minister of Great Britain, played a pivotal role in the cataclysmic conflict known as World War II. After the war, Churchill focused on his considerable literary talent and penned a six volume, comprehensive history ...
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Consequences of the Cold War »

The Cold War was a war of ideology that had it's beginnings in the aftermath of World War II and the redistribution of power. The two great powers, the United States and the Soviet Union struggled for a balance of power in a world where even the definitions of peace ...
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Postwar Settlement Consequences in War And Peace in The Middle East A Concise History by Avi Shlaim »

5 pages in length. According to Avi Shlaim's "War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History," ignorance of human rights and a tendency toward political oppression were the consequences of the post-war settlement of 1918-1922, clearly reflecting the consequential elements of imperialism for American policy in the ...
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America's Sexism and Racism History »

A concise 5 page essay on the historical origin of racism and sexism in the Americas. The writer details how the White Man brutally conquested the Native Indians and continued a reign of racist oppression thereafter. Sociopolitical examples such as The Chinese Exclusion Act, the persecution of Japanese-Americans during World ...
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War Without Mercy by John Dower »

A 5 page summation and analysis of the major points in John Dower's War Without Mercy. In this book, Dower examines the conflict in the Pacific during World War II from the perspective of how it represented long-standing attitudes and racial prejudices. Dower shows how both sides—Axis and Allied—saw ...
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United States Special Forces History and Uses »

A 10 page overview of the history of the Special Forces. Emphasizes how World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War shaped these forces. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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U.S. Democracy and Worldviews »

Since the start of the most recent Gulf War, the countries of the world have placed the United States under close scrutiny. Once self-proclaimed as one of the foremost democratic countries of the world, recent events in political history have led some to believe that the American democratic process ...
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U.S. Culture and Societal Impacts of the Cold War »

7 pages in length. As the Cold War reached its climactic end, it caused many people to wonder if this was the point in history where the Russians had learned to accept and support American foreign policy goals and policies. It was hoped that with the war's end, ...
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19th and 20th Century Naval Power »

A 4 page discussion of the relative importance of the world's naval forces. By World War II, in fact, the battleship had come to be regarded as the ultimate offensive weapon. During this time the theories of Clausewitz, a Prussian military strategist, were commonly employed by most of ...
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The Reasons Cited for the Onset of World War I »

This 5 page essay analyzes four specific essays regarding the origins of World War I and comments on how Kaiser Wilhelm II would feel about the writers' comments. Different theories for the reasons for the War are discussed with contradictory evidence offered. No bibliography.
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Ambiguities Throughout the History of Politics »

6 pages in length. The writer discusses historical ambiguities as they relate to civil rights, World War II and the rise and fall of the Cold War. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Cold War's Rise and Fall »

5 pages in length. When one contemplates the rise and fall of the Cold War, there exist a number of variables that must be addressed in order to gain a comprehensive understanding. Depending upon one's interpretation, the Cold War possessed many instigators from American paranoia to a lack of ...
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History of U.S. Army Aviation »

This is a 5 page paper giving an overview of the history of U.S. Army Aviation. In 1861, during the American Civil War, hydrogen filled balloon were used by Union and Confederate forces to direct artillery fire. These balloons were considered to be the origins of U.S. Army Aviation. Over ...
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'The Mutilation' Known as the Mexican American War »

A 5 page paper discussing the Mexican-American war. The war that Americans refer to as the Mexican-American war is referred to even today in Mexico as "the Mutilation." It played a significant role in leading the United States into civil war, and also gave new US commanders real ...
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Abraham Lincoln and FDR on War and Social Upheaval »

An 11 page discussion of the many similarities which existed between Lincoln and Roosevelt in their handling of two of the most turbulent times in American history. The author asserts that while the presidencies of these two men were separated by some seventy years of history, Lincoln stood as ...
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Impact of the Great War on Western Literature »

A 4 page essay that discusses the impact of the “Great War,” that is, World War I on Western literature. World War I is known for its “mindless squandering of human life with negligible results” (Hull 17). During its era, it was known as the Great War, the war to ...
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Cuban Missle Crisis and Canada »

A 10 page contention that while the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis composed the first real threat to North American territory since the bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II, the reaction of the two countries most threatened by this crisis was considerably different. The U.S. reaction was swift ...
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1980s' Soviet Union »

A 5 page research paper that examines the end of the Cold War, focusing on the arms race and the Soviet Union. After World War II, the world faced another crisis, in the form of expansion by the Soviet Union of its sphere of influence. While historians and scholars differ ...
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Nuclearism and America »

5 pages in length. The nuclear world is characterized by the dynamic interaction between nuclearism – the faith in the omnipotent power of the bomb as a source of salvation and nuclear fear – and the fear of explosive forces unleashed by this power. These two images interacted ...
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World War II the US and Japan »

This 14 page paper considers the essential question of what really prompted the US to enter World War II. Roosevelt's actions and desires are focused on alongside Japanese reasoning. The three part thesis is broken down into claim, grounds, and warrant. Includes a one-page Roman numeral outline. ...
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Red Storm Rising, The Hunt for Red October, and the Cold War »

A 5 page review of the Cold War years. The author of this paper emphasizes that the intent of the Cold War was to stabilize world politics and to maintain peace. In reality, it could be contended that the real outcome of this political approach was anything but ...
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History of the UN and its Influences »

A 6 page overview of the post World War II history of the United Nations. Discusses its objectives and driving forces. Identifies the United Sates as being one of the largest shapers of the UN. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Hiroshima Devastation »

A 5 page paper that argues the point that President Harry S. Truman was presented with a number of alternatives other than the bombing of Hiroshima in bringing about the end of World War II. These alternatives are discussed, with the focus being placed on Truman's failure to clarify ...
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1796 'Farewell Address' of President George Washington »

5 pages. In his Farewell Address to the nation in 1796, George Washington urged American leaders to avoid entangling alliances with foreign powers and to avoid the fractiousness of political parties. While this comes across as sound advice to the nation, it was also very naïve. This ...
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United States Should Stop Engaging in Wars »

A 5 page essay/research paper, which includes a 1 page abstract, that argues against military engagement as a principal component of American foreign policy. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Truman Proclamation/Continental Shelf »

A 5 page research paper that discusses this document. Shortly after World War II, the U.S. government, realizing that petroleum resources would be integral to the future and that there would soon be technology capable drilling offshore for oil, drafted a presidential proclamation to ensure that the U.S. had a ...
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Warfare Technological Change and Sociological Impacts »

This 6 page paper analyzes these three major periods of war. The analysis focuses on technological change and sociological impacts. There are no sources listed.
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The Causes of the Second World War »

This 3 page paper argues that the cause of WW2 was the first World War and the Treaty of Versailles that ended it. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Overview of the Austro Prussian or 7 Week War »

Known as the Seven Week War because of the limited time that troops were in the field and the extremely quick and efficient political and military maneuverings by Bismarck, the circumstances leading up to the Austro-Prussian War were a culmination of political gambits, military leadership and economic policies. This is a ...
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