- How did gender imbalance and role reversal effect the beginning of post war European recovery?
- How was the experience of people west of Berlin and people east of Berlin different and similar?
- Describe the compulsory (by law) and forced (left with no other choice) migration in Europe during 1938-1945
- Describe the compulsory (by law) and forced (left with no other choice) migration in Europe during the immediate post war period
- Compare and Contrast the population transfers during the war with the transfers after the war?
- How were the post war population transfers different in the west and east?
- How were the physical circumstances and experience of Jews in the post war period different from other displaced and persecuted persons?
- How was the experience of Jews in the post war period different in the east and west?
- Describe the evolution of World War II into civil war in Yugoslavia and Greece. What circumstances made them different from other eastern European nations?
- Describe the evolution of the Holocaust into pogroms and ethnic cleansing in Soviet occupied Europe.
Response / Thought Quotes
- “The human problem the war will leave behind it has not yet been imagined, much less faced by anybody. There has never been such destruction, such disintegration of the structure of life”
- “At the conclusion of the First World War it was borders that were invented and adjusted, while people were on the whole left in place.6 After 1945 what happened was rather the opposite: with one major exception boundaries stayed broadly intact and people were moved instead.”
- “‘Flotsam and jetsam! Women who had lost husbands and children, men who had lost their wives; men and women who had lost their homes and children; families who had lost vast farms and estates, shops, distilleries, factories, flour-mills, mansions. There were also little children who were alone, carrying some small bundle, with a pathetic label attached to them. They had somehow got detached from their mothers, or their mothers had died and been buried by other displaced persons somewhere along the wayside.’”
For information regarding life in Germany in the immediate post war period, see:
For Information regarding life in Poland in the immediate Post war period, see:
This is my favorite chapter in the book. It explains a interesting and complex story with lots of interconnected elements in an meaningful and understandable way, but obviously not comprehensively due to space.
- How did World War II effect civil rights in the post war period?
- How did the Klan and similar organizations effect and use religion?
- How did economics play a role in advancing and resisting Civil Rights?
- Who were the Dixiecrats?
- What was the background to the Brown v Board of Education case?
- What were the main arguments in Plessy v. Ferguson?
- What were the main arguments in the Brown v Board of Education case?
- In what ways did states and communities resist integration?
- Who was Emmett Till and how did he become a symbol of Southern racial violence?
- Who was Rosa Parks and how were bus boycotts a part of the civil rights movement?
- How were Christian Churches involved in different ways in the civil rights movement?
- How was the labor movement, unions, socialists and communists involved in very different ways in the civil rights movement?
- Describe the history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott movement and the Woolworths demonstrations?
- What was the Southern Christian Leadership Conference?
- What was the NAACP?
- How did the Cold War effect civil rights in the United States?
- Why was Little Rock High School desegregation different from other school desegregations?
- How did civil rights effect the admission of Hawaii and Alaska as states?
- How were Hispanic, Asian and Native American communities effected by the civil rights movement?
- In what ways were non-violent protests successful in advancing civil rights and how did they effect public opinion?
- In what ways was Perception and Reality on civil rights positions a factor in the Kennedy-Nixon 1960 election? (Nixon was a manipulative person non above self serving racism just like Kennedy and Johnson thank G-d for Gerald Ford).
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