You may read an article and write a 2 page review of the article
If you so choose to do an extra credit assignment, you will have a few choices available to you.
1) You may read an article and write a 2 page review of the article (double spaced, size 12 Times New Roman Font), explaining what is important about it. This will be worth, if the Professor believes that it is an acceptable, a full half letter grade boost to your lowest test or term paper grade at the end of the semester. You may do up to two of the article reviews; they cannot be combined.
3) You may watch a movie of historical value from a list that the Professor will provide. You must watch it in full, and then write a 2 page review of the film (double spaced, size 12 Times New Roman Font), explaining what is important about it. This will be worth, if the Professor believes it to be acceptable, a half letter grade boost to your lowest test or term paper grade at the end of the semester. You may do up to two movie “reviews”; they cannot be combined. However, if you wish to do one article review and one movie review, I will accept them individually.
And by 2 page review, I mean a 2 page paper. I will not accept extra credit assignments that I consider too short. And you must put solid effort into writing the paper; do not assume that merely handing it in will get you the bonus points. It must be a polished work that is professional and looks to explain the importance of the film, article, or book that you are reading or watching. I do not want to know if the book, article, or film is good or bad; I want to know what historical value and context it contains.
I may add more works to this list over time. Be patient with it, and if you have a historical work that you would like to review, feel free to contact the Professor and see if it is a worthy article, book, or movie.
And before anyone asks: no, I will not let you review Titanic or Pearl Harbor.
The Makers of Modern Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age (Ed. Peter Paret)
-German Strategy in the Age of Machine Warfare, 1914-1945 (Michael Geyer)
-The Political Leader as Strategist (Gordon R. Craig)
-Men against Fire: The Doctrine of the Offensive in 1914 (Michael Howard)
The Makers of Modern Strategy: Rulers, States, and War (eds. Williamson Murray, MacGregor Knox, and Alvin Bernstein)
-Strategic Uncertainties of a Nation-State: Prussia-Germany, 1871-1918 (Holger Herwig)
-The Weary Titan: Strategy and Policy in Great Britain, 1890-1918 (John Gooch)
-The Strategy of Decisive Weight: Italy, 1882-1922 (Brian R. Sullivan)
-The Road to Ideological War: Germany, 1918-1945 (Wilhelm Diest)
-The Illusion of Security: France, 1919-1940 (Robert A. Doughty)
-The Strategy of Innocence? The United States, 1920-1945 (Eliot Cohen)
-Strategy for Class War: The Soviet Union, 1917-1941 (Earl F. Ziemke)
The Boulanger Affair Revisited: The Preservation of the Third Republic, 1889 by Bruce Fulton French Historical Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Autumn, 1991), pp. 310-329
Coca-Cola and the Cold War: The French Face Americanization, 1948-1953 by Richard F. Kuisel French Historical Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring, 1991), pp. 96-116
Festivals in Modern France: The Experience of the Third Republic by Charles Rearick Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Jul., 1977), pp. 435-460
David Ben-Gurion and the Bi-National Idea in Palestine by Yaacov Goldstein Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Oct., 1988), pp. 460-472
Taking Leave of the ‘Founding Father’ Ben-Gurion’s Resignation as Prime Minister in 1963 by Yechiam Weitz Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Apr., 2001), pp. 131-152
The Institutionalization of Civil-Military Relations in Israel: The Ben Gurion Legacy and Its Challengers (1953-1967) by Amos Perlmutter Middle East Journal, Vol. 22, No. 4 (Autumn, 1968), pp. 415-432.
Ibn Saud’s Program for Arabia by Richard H. Sanger Middle East Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Apr., 1947), pp. 180-190.
Rule by Sentiment: Alexander II’s Journeys through the Russian Empire by Richard Wortman
The American Historical Review, Vol. 95, No. 3 (Jun., 1990), pp. 745-771
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