Essay Questions Introductory



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Question 1

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Compare and contrast the resistance to the Nazis in Germany with that of other European nations. What difficulties faced German resistance groups that were not found in other areas of occupied Europe?

Hint:

The German Resistance: Strengths and Delusions

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Question 2

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What aspects of the Big Three's plan for the reorganization of Germany after the war do you feel were positive? What were the negative features? Provide reasoning for your answer.

Hint:

Allied Visions and Plans, 1941-1945

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Question 3

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In the reorganization and rebuilding of Germany, do you believe France contributed more to the efforts of Great Britain and the United States, or to the Soviet plans of occupation? Provide support for your answer.

Hint:

The Immediate Legacy of the Third Reich: The Reality of "Zero Hour"

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Question 4

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What plan, the American and British or the Soviet, would you have used to help the economic recovery in Germany after the war? Why?

Hint:

Reparations and Economic Recovery

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Question 5

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Do you feel the success of de-Nazification and reeducation of Germany was a result of the policies implemented by the Allied occupiers, or more due to the willingness of the German people to change? Justify your answer.

Hint:

Exorcising the Evil: De-Nazification and Reeducation

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Question 6

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Judge the value of restoring political parties in Germany immediately after the war. How was their place in the rebuilding of Germany a positive or negative influence and why?

Hint:

Revival of Administrative, Political, and Cultural Life

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Question 7

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Of what significance was the introduction of the deutsche mark to post-war Germany? How did it influence the relationship between the Soviet Union and the Western Allies?

Hint:

The Cold War and the Division of Germany

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Question 8

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If Claus von Stauffenberg's plot to kill Adolf Hitler had succeeded, do you believe his vision for Germany after the death of the Nazi leader would have worked? Why or why not?

Hint:

Im Mittelpunk

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Question 9

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How did Konrad Adenauer's role as head of the new West Germany contribute to its acceptance in the world's political stage? Provide examples to support your answer.

Hint:

Im Mittelpunk

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Question 10

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During the Cold War, how did the German identity suffer because of the legacy of the Third Reich?

Hint:

Conclusion

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