Study Guide

I. Topic Areas: The exam will cover World War I up to the present.

II. Lectures: The exam will cover the following lectures. 


III. Readings:

IV. STRUCTURE OF THE EXAM: The exam will have two parts, an essay portion and an identifications portion, each worth 50%.

Exam Structure: The exam will consist of two parts, an essay section and an identification section, each worth 50%. You will choose one essay from a selection that will be drawn from the essays below. For the identifications, you will be given a list of at least ten terms, drawn from the terms below, of which you will choose five for long (paragraph-length) identifications discussing the historical significance of those terms.

Grading Criteria:

V. Essay Questions: You will have to choose one of the following essay questions.

  1. How did the two world wars of the first half of the twentieth century restructure world politics from 1914 to 1947? ID TERMS:  trench warfare, Balance of Powers, Treaty of Versailles, Great Depression, Vladimir Lenin, Fascism
  2. The Holocaust was a process that happened in stages and did not happen all at once. Explain and discuss this statement.
    ID Terms:
    Stab in the Back, Enabling Act, lebensraum, blood libel, Kristallnacht, Auschwitz
  3. What were the main concerns for both the USSR and the United State in the Cold War that led to conflict between the two nations? ID Terms:  Marshall Plan, Berlin Air Lift, Warsaw Pact, containment, Mao Zedong, Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, Deng Xiaoping, Mikhail Gorbachev, Solidarity
  4. What have been the most significant factors in globalization in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century? Discuss at least two concrete examples. ID TERMS: European Union, multiculturalism, negritude, counter-colonization. (see chps 29&30)