Movie Deconstruction

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Week 1 – Research Paper Assignment
Review of Research Paper Assignment or Movie Deconstruction
7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, page or end notes, an annotated bibliography (bibliographic
listing of all resources and description of each as it was used in the paper). PRINT OUT THE
TITLE IN FULL AT THE TOP OF YOUR FIRST PAGE, plus name, course title, semester and
year, and email address. The title should include a date, place and theme. Use the preferred
style of the history department (Chicago) or if you use another one, be consistent with it. (See the
history department “style sheet” for more information.)
Late papers are subject to a penalty. Papers will be evaluated on the conceptual approach and
question posed, the organization, the history included that supports the concepts developed and tells
the story you wish to tell, and the conclusion or the analysis. Papers will also be evaluated on
literary quality—grammar, spelling, organization, and readability. Wikipedia should be used for the
most basic background information only. The paper must include an annotated bibliography of
sources. Sources should include books, articles, historical documents, newspapers, journals, oral
histories and so on and an explanation of how you used from the source in your paper.
These research papers are meant to allow in-depth study of issues, events and topics that relate to
the World at War 1900-1950 particularly outside the European theaters during and between the
wars. This is a chance to explore areas of the history of this period that you might be curious about
or in which you have some special interest. Some of you might have family that participated in
these events and you wish to investigate this further. The topics below are suggestions only. If you
have an alternative idea, please discuss it with the instructor. Above all, make sure that there are
sources available for the topic you choose.
Remember that this is not a “term paper” that summarizes information or a topical cataloging of
facts. Rather it is an investigation of a question or topic that can be answered about the past
(research). For instance, if you are investigating the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, the resulting
paper should not be a summary of all the information that you can find on the topic but rather
information that helps to answer a question that you are trying to answer like why did the
Germans/Soviets sign the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, or how did two mortal enemies, Stalin
and Hitler, strike a deal, or what are the historical explanations and views of the historical
importance of the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact? Naturally in crafting an analysis that answers
the question, the historical story of the topic will be told.Thus, the research paper will be both a
narrative of the past and an analysis of it.
Research papers will be posted in the term paper thread during week 15 and thread responses (at
least two—students are required to read at least two other student research papers) on the Monday
of week 16.
Please send me your choice of topic during Week 5 via email.
Below are some examples of research project topics. You are not limited to this list.
1. Which battles in Europe during World War I were decisive in terms of the war’s outcome?
2. Which battles outside of Europe during World War I were decisive in terms of the war’s
outcome?
3. What changes in boundaries occurred at the end of World War I that affected what happened in
the interwar period?
4. There were many treaties that ended World War I. What were they and what were the major
provisions? How did the provisions impact the interwar period?
5. How did new technologies developed before and during World War I alter strategies of war,
battle planning and the domestic front?
6. How did World War I affect the environment, the domestic front and the economy in one or
several European participant countries? (Think of what the French countryside must have looked
like after World War I.)
7. How did World War I and World War II affect Indian independence movements? Were the war
helpful in their aim to become independent of British rule?
8. What part did Italy play in World War I and/or World War II?
9. What happened to the Austro-Hungarian empire during and after World War I? How did such a
big power and a significant army fade in importance?
10. How did the Russian Revolution in 1917 affect Russia and the outcome of World War I?
11. Why were the Dardanelles so important to both sides in World War I? (Gallipoli)
12. What happened to the Russian Empire at the end of World War I? (The decolonization of the
Russian Empire after World War I and its subsequent Sovietization in places like the Ukraine,
Kazakhstan, Outer Mongolia, Georgia, the Baltic area and so on. You may chose only one place of
concentration if you wish.)
13. What was the place of Latin America in World War I and/or II? Which side did the countries
take, how did countries use the wars to settle internal disputes (the Chaco War 1932-1935 or Peru
Ecuador War) and how did the Latin American countries serve the cause of war as in resource
supply?
14. What part did Canada play in World War I and/or World War II?
15. On what basis were the Russian, German, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires carved up at
the end of the war? (In World War I one part of the ideology of war was to destroy evil dictatorial
empires and replace them with national democratic states. This was embodied in the the Wilsonian
14 Point idea of “national self-determination”.)
16. Which side did Japan take in World War I and why?
17. What was happening in China during World War I?
18. How were the Balkan wars a prelude to World War I?
19. What imperial conflicts outside of Europe 1900-1914 affected the origins of World War I?
20. How was the Irish Rebellion of 1917 connected with World War I?
21. How were German “reparations” assessed and paid for after World War I?
22. How did Germany get back on its feet in the 1920’s?
22. How did Lawrence of Arabia reflect British aims and strategy in the Middle East in World War
I?
24. What part did the Ottoman Empire play in World War I?
25. How was the Ottoman Empire carved up at the end of World War I?
26. What part did World War I play in the Armenian Genocide in Turkey in 1915?
27. How have historians assessed World War I war blame?
28. What is the difference between the nature of the battlefield and battle strategies between the
Eastern and Western fronts in World War I?
29 How did World War I affect the nature of the visual, literary and musical arts?
30. How did the Depression in the 1930’s affect the rise of dictators in Germany, Italy and Japan?
31. What happened to German colonies in Africa after World War I?
32. How was the Spanish Civil War a precursor to World War II?
33. What were the ideological and power components of Nazi-Soviet relations 1934-1945?
34. Why did the British appease the Germans with regard to Austria and Czechoslovakia but not
Poland 1936-1939?
35. What was the place of the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) in World War II?
36. Why did the Finns change sides in World War II?
37. What was the importance of North Africa in the allied strategy to win the war against Germany
and Japan?
38. How were the allies able to successfully march up the Italian peninsula and topple the Fascist
regime along the way 1940-1944?
39. Why and how did Japan try to isolate Australia 1936-1941? What is the importance of the
battles of Rabaul and Kakota in this regard?
40. Why was Burma important to Britain and Japan in World war II? What was the purpose of
building the Burma Road and “flying the hump”?
41. What was the allied island hopping strategy in the Pacific during World War II? What were the
crucial battles?
42. Why wouldn’t Japan surrender even after the bombing of Hiroshima?
43. Victory is one thing; occupation of a conquered country is another. How did Germany and
Japan occupy the countries they conquered? What place did resource acquisition and labor have to
do the nature of occupation?
44. What national and military codes of behavior i.e. Gunjin, Chokuyu, Sinjinkun, Bushido guided
Japanese behavior and treatment of prisons in World War II? (Same question as it refers to the
Russians in its treatment of captured populations in Poland and East Europe, or the Germans)
45. How can it be said that the creation of Israel was a product of World War I and II?
46. France seems to have played a minor part in World War II after the German occupation in
1940? True or False?
47. How did the participation of African and Indian troops on the side of the allies in World War II
result in independence movements?
48. How were the communist movements in China and Vietnam strengthened during World War II?
49. What part did disease play in outcomes of World War I or II?
50. How did Germany, Russia and Japan produce the vast quantities of armaments they needed to
prosecute World War II?
51. Why did Hitler insist on invading Russia in 1941?
52. How did countries rally people for war and instill a sense of “righteousness”?
53.How did any given country deal with the millions of civilians that moved out of harm’s way, and
how at the end of were families reunited? (The International Red Cross maintains excellent records
and was fundamental in a lot of this work).
54. What were important resistance movements within France and Germany during World War II?
55. Why and how did countries maintain their neutrality during World War II?
56. How did the German policy against the Jews develop in Nazi thinking (Mein Kampf to the
Wannsee Conference) and how was it implemented?
57. How did the Germans develop the V-1 and V-2 rockets at Pennemunde and how did the British
defend against them during World War II?
58. What were the differences between German SA, Waffen SS, Gestapo, German Army and Hitler
Youth? How did each participate and interact during World War II?
59. World War I and the Russian Famine of World War I 1921.
60. India in World War I (2.5 million Indian troops participated and 74,000 died).
61. Territorial Gains and Losses of World War I–why, how and to what effect.
62. What part did Austria-Hungary and Turkey play in World War I?
63. Any one of the Middle East war fronts in World War I. This is a fascinating and little known
area of study that is very relevant to today’s world.
64. Nazis in the Middle East During World War II
These are just a few ideas for you.
Movie Historical Deconstruction Titles
A movie “historical deconstruction” involves taking a movie apart and examining it in terms of
history. This involves quite a bit of historical research on your part and probably several times
watching the film. This is a brief description of how to do this.
1. In a heading, identify the title, year of release, director, genre of movie, general history topic, key
actors and actresses if they are of importance historically..
2. In an introductory section, examine the meaning of the title, the historical context of the movie
release (what was happening in the world or country during the time of its release and in the film
itself), the background of the director in terms of film history, the type of film in historical film
development, and the general historical topic. This is important because often film makers are
commenting on an issue in today’s world. For instance, “Triumph of the Will” is really a Hitler
propaganda film. “Gallipoli” is a protest movie about the folly of military leadership during
heightened tensions in the Middle East.
3. Develop a list of key episodes in the film and for each of them describe the historical
background, the scene, the action, and the message to the audience. Weave this together into
a narrative of the film’s story. This will be the body of the paper.
4. Examine various viewpoints ascribed to this film through time including the acting, the topic, the
meaning of the film, the reception at the time, the reasons for its importance, its historical
authenticity (did this really happen historically?), and its historical artistic merits.
5. What historical information can be learned from this film including but not limited to events,
people, beliefs, understandings of the times, film context and so on. What personal meaning does it
have for you?
6. An annotated bibliography is required for this assignment too so make sure to keep of list of
sources you use and how you use the in the paper, as well is correcting citing other people’s ideas
and verbiage within the paper.
“Triumph of the Will”
“Gallipoli”
“Lawrence of Arabia”
“The Great War”
“Casablanca”
“Judgement at Nuremburg”
“The Africa Queen”
“The Pianist”
“Gandhi”
“The Last Emperor”
“The Ginger Tree”
“Das Boot”
Research and Sources
The sources that you find determine in many respects the strength of your paper. The internet makes
information almost limitless but in terms of finding good sources for an historical investigation I
might recommend using the Auraria Library Website and then going to “Database List” and then to
“Academic Search Premier Plus”. In this mode parameters can be set like dates, peer reviews, full
length articles and so on. Important is that this site will lead you to resources like historical journal
articles that have in most cases already done some in depth investigation into historical topics.
Also, the Auraria Library staff offers individual resource location sessions per the information
below.
Auraria Library Research Help Spring 2016.docx
Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography is one in which the sources are not only listed but are described in terms
of how they were used in the paper. Only sources that are actually used in the paper are listed.
Therefore, the length of the resource list will not enhance the quality of the paper. See an example
of an annotated bibliography below.
Bruegel, J.W., Czechoslovakia before Munich, Cambridge: University Press, 1973.
Czechoslovakia before Munich is a look at the course of Czechoslovakia after the Treaty of
Versailles. This book was particularly useful for information about the time immediately before the
Munich Agreement as well as after the meeting itself. It includes meeting minutes between Hitler
and Chamberlain in Berchtesgaden and different aspects of the conflict in September 1938 that
other sources do not address. It is quite extensive in the information contained and for this paper
only certain information can be detracted for it without going through a history that would lead to
over 20 pages.
Churchill, Winston, The Gathering Storm, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1948.
The Gathering Storm is the first of a six volume set written by Winston Churchill on the Second
World War. The book sets the stage of transition from World War I into World War II including the
rise of Adolf Hitler and the ultimate declaration of the Munich Agreement. Although Churchill did
not participate in the meeting itself, he was a fierce critic of the British government for making an
agreement with Hitler and stated that Neville Chamberlain was very wrong in his belief that the
future held peace. This book was helpful in examining the appeasement policy of the allies at this
time.
Kennan, George F, From Prague After Munich: Diplomatic Papers 1938-1940, New Jersey:
Princeton University Press, 1968.
This book is a compilation of the diplomatic papers written by George Kennan in his early years as
a US advisor and diplomat. The historical introduction he has written provides a good perspective
of the crisis in Czechoslovakia at the time of the Munich agreement. He ultimately sets the stage for
his diplomat papers in his introduction and then goes through the after effects of the meeting in
Munich and the outcomes that affected the course of 1939 developing into World War II. This book
formed the basis for examination of how and why the allies signed the Munich agreement.
Murray, Williamson, The Change in the European Balance of Power, 1938-1939, New Jersey:
Princeton University Press, 1968.
This book was extensive in nature and provided a lot of details on the lead up to the Second World
War, focusing on the years of 1938-1939. For this paper it gave particularly two chapters that were
of interest, one being The Diplomatic Crisis in Munich and the Military Crisis in Munich. It broke
the agreement down into these two approaches and went further into depth about the separation than
other sources.
Simkin, John,”Adolf Hitler” 1997/Spartacus, 9th May 2009,
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERhitler.htm
(Links to an external site.)
Links to an external site.
John Simkin has an extensive website called “Spartacus Educational” that has been created as an
education tool for his teaching. The page on Adolf Hitler highlights the basic beginnings of Hitler’s
life and his gradual rise to power. It focuses on Hitler’s progress with the Nazi party and becoming
the Führer of Germany.
Simkin, John, “Benito Mussolini”, 1997/Spartacus, 9th May 2009,
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WWmussolini.htm
(Links to an external site.)
Links to an external site.
Simkin’s page on Benito Mussolini outlines Mussolini’s heritage and his alliances with the Fascist
party. Simkin explains how Mussolini changed his political ties early in his life, his role in the
Italian army and his appointment as Prime Minister by King Victor Emmanuel III.
Simkin, John, “Edouard Daladier”, 1997/Spartacus, 9th May 2009,
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WWdaladier.htm
(Links to an external site.)
Links to an external site.
Simkin’s page on Daladier shows the rise and fall of the politician from power and his position at
the time of the Munich Agreement. It also highlights his and Chamberlain’s response to
Czechoslovakia about the conflict over Sudetenland and the lack of willingness to create a war due
to the situation.
Simkin, John, “Eduard Benes”, 1997/Spartacus, 9th May 2009,
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWWbenes.htm
(Links to an external site.)
Links to an external site.
Simkin’s page on Eduard Benes is a basic commentary on how Czechoslovakia came about and
Benes position at the time the Munich agreement was created. Benes was not a part of the meeting
in Munich and in the days after the agreement resigned but returned in 1941 as the president of a
provisional government.
Simkin, John, “Munich Agreement”, 1997/Spartacus, 9th May 2009,
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WWmunich.htm
(Links to an external site.)
Links to an external site.
Simkin’s review of the Munich Agreement gives main points about how the meeting was
assembled, the basic ideas of the agreement and links to important information that was released
shortly before and after the meeting had taken place. These links include information on
Chamberlain’s letters to King George VI, the recognition of an agreement by Hitler and
Chamberlain and several newspaper articles released in the time after the meeting.
Simkin, John, “Neville Chamberlain” 1997/Spartacus, 9th May 2009,
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRchamberlain.htm
(Links to an external site.)
Links to an external site.
Simkin discusses Neville Chamberlain’s history, position as Prime Minister during the Munich
agreement and the following time that led into the Second World War. He also highlights some of
Chamberlain’s political beliefs including that of ‘nonintervention’ which would ultimately lead to a
lack of support for Czechoslovakia.
Simkin, John, “Sudetenland”, 1997/ Spartacus, 9th May 2009,
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERsudetenland.htm
(Links to an external site.)
Links to an external site.
Simkin describes in this source the concept of Sudetenland, its prior possession and the reasons for
it being a source of conflict. Although basic, it addressed the main source of conflict that set the ball
rolling for Hitler’s demands.
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