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Assignment Questions

World War II

This is from my professor —– can you please follow —–

Memoirs and oral histories are sources that, when reliable, can bring you very close to the time, place, and people of any historical period. Examining Studds Terkel’s The “Good War, ” the Cook & Cook volume on Japan at War, and/or or a book like E.B. Sledge’s work on Okinawa in With the Old Breed , or other materials you wish to introduce in this genre, as a primary source, answer the following question:

According to the sources you used, what exactly was the “real war“? We have images from books, scholarship, films, memorials, and testimonials of what World War II was like in theory and in practice. For the United States, it has been called the “good war,” the conflict that made this country a superpower. For Japan and Germany the war ended with them vanquished and occupied by their conquers. From using your sources, can you find the real war?

Is there someone in your family or community who can attest to the realities of the Second World War era or its aftermath? The parameters are the same as for the other essays, 5 pages maximum, submitted online to the instructor and posted in the appropriate Conference for all to read.

Please use Parameters for Written Work, Presentation and Bibliographical Forms, and Details:

1. For the style and rules for sourcing and annotating your papers consult: ?Turabian? Manual of Style for Papers,??h This has been made available as the Turabian pdf file on the Blackboard Page for this course under Course Documents. At present the 14th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style is the definitive source for papers of history. I have created a link under Course Links to the outstanding page at University of Maryland Baltimore County, which is based on Turabian.

2. And/or, see the Jules R. Benjamin, A Student??fs Guide to History (8th Edition), a book you all should have. See their web site at:


3. Always use the historian??fs preferences: Footnotes over ??ein-text??h notes; full bibliographic citation on first note citation (with clear, unambiguous references on subsequent citations); careful attention to detail in Tables or Figures used; complete citations including full URL, title, and date accessed for any and all web or other on-line sites used to supplement your conventional ??gpaper-bound” research; followed by a correctly-formatted bibliography (again see Turabian for details).

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