Why was Eastern Europe so critically important to the outbreak of the First World War and what were general causes of the war? How did trench warfare differ from traditional means of warfare? What was meant by the term total war? When considering the idea of “total war” discuss how the war change women’s lives in Europe.
Why was democracy facing collapse in the wake of the Great War? Discuss specific totalitarian states and their rise to power.
What process was referred to as the making of “an Iron Curtain” during the Cold War? Why was perestroika the best hope for the Soviet Union, and why did it fail? What was the legacy on the Cold War in the west?