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Lenin Essay
Peace (a) World War One!
Peace (b) Civil War!
Bread (a) War Communism!
Bread (b) NEP!
Land!
All Power to the Soviets (a) Red Terror!
All Power to the Soviets (b) Lenin's Testament!





Holiday Assignment for February 2009

Your assignment is to produce an essay on "To what extent was the outbreak of World War Two in 1939 the result of the Nazi-Soviet Pact?"

At this stage, I shouldn't be giving you very much advice on how to structure this. Suffice to say that you need to address such factors as:
  • Peace Treaties after World War One
  • Weaknesses / Mistakes of the League of Nations
  • The Depression
  • Aggression of Italy / Japan
  • Hitler's Foreign Policy
  • Appeasement
  • Nazi-Soviet Pact

This does not mean that your essay necessarily needs to be based around these factors - here's an interesting (if not particularly good) Essay which adopts a different approach.

The essential features of your essay are:
1. Linkage between factors (expressed in clear opening sentences to each paragraph).
2. Internal dynamic within each paragraph (expressed through a "mini-debate / argument" - e.g. in the Hitler section it might be arguing that he was a planner, not a gambler; in the Nazi-Soviet Pact section it could address whether Stalin was acting out of desperation or treachery). This should be quite easy because we've been doing this for each factor as we proceeded.
3. Evidence of wider reading. We have taken a lot of time to study primary sources, speeches, cartoons and so on in this unit. Make full use of these!
4. Conclusion: You might want to consider at what point (if any) war became inevitable; what sort of a war it might have been had it broken out a year or two earlier or later; you might also make the point that in 1939 it wasn't strictly a World War at all (but don't do this too flippantly).

Special Message for Higher Level Students
I am conscious you have other work / revision to be doing. However, if you have the time and the inclination, you should be aware that your next and final topic will be "The USSR under Khrushchev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev". It would be worth your while to do some preliminary reading from the several textbooks you have and even make a few notes. You must judge whether you have the time for this yourself, but if you can do so it will make your studies easier after the holidays.

If you need any help or feedback on anything you're working on, you can contact me by email over the holidays.


RJT






Week 21


Standard Level will be working on Paper 2 Revision: Click Here.


Higher Level will be working on Mussolini: Click Here.






Projects


Stalin

Book Lists for Year 13

Each student has been issued with a copy of Russia 1, Russia 2.



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Walsh
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Culpin / Henig: Modern Europe
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Farmer: Modern European History
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Rowe: Europe Since 1945
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Wolfson: Years of Change
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Phillips: Cold War
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Edwards: Cold War
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Stewart: Changing Nature of Warfare
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Sanders: USA / Vietnam
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Grant: Stalin
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Lee: Stalin
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Cawood: World War One
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