- Explain the basic strategic military decisions
of the war. The emphasis might be on the fact that there were, in a sense,
two separate wars that had to be conducted simultaneously and that the European
war required delicate political and military coordination with Britain and
REFERENCE: H. P. Willmott, The
Great Crusade: A New Complete History of the Second World War (1990).
- Describe the social and economic changes
brought by the war. Particular attention could be given to war-spawned prosperity
after the depression and to the beginnings of the Sunbelt migrations that
continued in the postwar era, including the African American exodus to the
North and West.
REFERENCE: John W. Jeffries, Wartime
America: The World War II Homefront (1996).
- Examine the major military battles in
Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and their relation to the political tensions
among the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union.
REFERENCES: Gerhard Weinberg, A
World at Arms (1990); David M. Kennedy, Freedom
from Fear (1999).
- Analyze the events of the war against
Japan, including the development and use of the atomic bomb. The emphasis
might be on the controversy over why the bomb was used.
REFERENCES: Martin J. Sherwin, A
World Destroyed: The Atomic Bomb and the Grand Alliance (1975); Ronald
Spector, Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with