Assessment and assignments

These pages cover the assessment of the courses and detail assignments to be undertaken on:

The Whirlwind: Britain and Strategic Bombing 1918-1945

Britain in the Second World War:

Assessment details

Essay Reading Lists (unformatted, primary readings are suggestions for start points)
1. ‘The policy the public wanted’: how far does this explain the Chamberlain government’s attempts to hope for the best whilst preparing for the worst?
2. Why was the evacuation of September 1939 a failure?
3. Why was the British army so bad in 1940?
4. ‘The crucial unifying moment of the war’: assess this judgement of the fear of invasion scare, April-September 1940
5. Why didn’t morale break during the Blitz?
6. Explain Winston Churchill’s survival as Prime Minister, 1940-1943
7. Was it a mistake for Britons to consider Lend Lease a ‘Most Unsordid Act’?
8. ‘An unnecessary campaign, badly fought’: assess this description of Britain’s war in the Mediterranean, 1940-1943
9. Which was the most important to the maintenance of civilian morale in Britain during the Second World War: religion, radio, or cinema?
10. To what extent did the experience of wartime collectivism transform attitudes towards the role of the State in social and economic life?
11. Did the Second World War break down or reinforce existing gender roles?
12. Why did the Japanese win so easily in Malaya in 1941-42, but lose so badly in Burma in 1944-45?

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One Response to Assessment and assignments

  1. Don Smith says:

    I’ve just found this wonderful course (& blog) via Airminded. I wish this opportunity were available here (NZ)! I’d be signed up in a snap. Some further reading suggestioons if I may …

    [Experiencing the Bomber War]

    Peter Hincliffe’s “The Other Battle, Luftwaffe Night Aces vs Bomber Command” an excellent balancing of the men and technology of this ever-evolving battle

    [Illegal & Immoral …]

    Lt Col Eric Ash’s “Terror Targeting, The Morale of the Story”
    a remarkable online treatise in which he discusses both the moral and morale aspects of strategic bombing, mainly the ETO’s CBO.
    http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/apj/apj99/win99/ash.htm

    W C Sebald’s “On the Natural History of Destruction”
    an engrossing alternative German point of view touching on the German population’s coping mechanisms during and post the strategic bombing of their cities.

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