378681st Case Study: The Democrat and The Dictator
Franklin Roosevelt and Adolph Hitler both came to power in 1933. They found themselves in charge of nations still suffering from the consequences of World War 1 and the Great Depression. Unemployment in the US was nearly 25%, while nearly one-third of Germany’s workforce had been idled.
Americans and Germans had opted for new leadership in 1933 and were now looking to their new leaders for solutions, and perhaps a new vision of the future. Both FDR’s Inaugural address and Hitler’s first address as Chancellor of Germany have been analyzed for their similarities and differences. Now it’s our turn!
In 2 1/2 pages, do the following:
* Read both speeches and give an assessment of what these two leaders thought was the cause of the problems their countries faced.
* Provide quotes to support your view.
*Using quotes from both speeches, tell how each leader intended to deal with:
Banking, finance and in general, the economy
Finally, in a concluding statement, tell where think these leaders find common ground in terms of their proposed solutions, and what you think their vision is with regard to the power of their position.
http://www.hitler.org/speeches/02-01-33.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres49.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
2nd Case Study: Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech
There are many ways to get a feel for the events of the 20th Century. One way is through the analysis of primary source documents. Few documents set the stage for the second half than Winston Churchill’s 1946 speech in Fulton, Missouri. Officially entitled “The Sinews of Peace”, it came to be known as “The Iron Curtain Speech”, in which Churchill laid out the challenges for the West in general, and the US and Britain in particular, regarding what would soon be known as the Cold War.
*Your assignment this week is to not just read Churchill’s speech, but read between the lines to answer the following questions in a well written 2 1/2 page document:
Churchill believed the Soviet Union “desires the fruits of war and the indefinite expansion of their power and doctrines.” How might those expansionist desires challenge the Western principle of national political self determination, a cause it championed during World War 2?
Churchill’s speech acknowledged “Russia’s need to be secure on her western borders,” but at the same time it raises concerns about Soviet actions in Eastern Europe. Was Churchill being inconsistent? Or did he provide concrete justifications for those concerns?
In his speech, Churchill asserted “There is nothing they (the Russians) admire so much as strength, and nothing for which they have less respect for than military weakness.” If he wasn’t advocating a direct military confrontation with the Soviet Union, then what is he saying?
Churchill delivered this speech to an American audience, but after reading it one might conclude it could have been given in any western country. Why did he pick the US?
http://www.historyguide.org/europe/churchill.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
*** please be sure to use APA format, the last two assignments completed through writeden, I lost 10% each due to it not being proper APA style.
****Please be sure each case study has it’s own title page and reference page.
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