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World War I Essay Examples

Touchstone anthology of contemporary creative nonfiction

...Generally, by comparing the two pieces of writing, I can conclude that they portray the same message but in a different manner and style because both stories focuses heavily on the conceit of war and violence in relation to the society. Harrison brings a clear perspective of the soldiers who were simply unexperienced youths, fighting ineffectively for meaningless ideals. Naomi Shihab brings a general explanation that blaming all Arabs for behavior of the few terrorists is ...

Kenya DBQ

...The education of Africans was provided, even though it was not compulsory, with 3,442 schools (Doc 10). In total, there were 395,000 students that attended these schools (doc 10). And within 50 years there was a substantial amount of growth in both Railroad and Road networks throughout Kenya (Doc 11). The cause for the majority of economically growth came from all the raw materials and cash crops that were being sold and produced for Britain. Politically, there were differences amongst both the ...

Treaty of Versailles essay

...Money had to be spent on making weapons, supplying the army with what they needed, rations etc. This caused life in Germany to be very hard for civilians, food and other essentials were limited. To conclude I believe that the Treaty of Versailles was only to blame for the economic instabilities Germany faced between the years 1919 to 1923. This is because the large reparations term of treaty which Germany had to pay. Reparations ruined the German economy and having 92 years with £59million to ...

What role did Nicholas II play in his own downfall?

...Nicholas himself, was the main reason why he failed as his role as the Tsar of Russia. Although the Tsar was able to keep power in 1905, after losing the support of his army and not fulfilling the promises stated in the October Manifesto, growing unrest among the people was inevitable. It was no surprise that by 1917 he had lost support from his country. Nicholas was not brought up to be a leader and to be in control and so when the time came for him to lead, he was unable to do so properly. His...

Western Civilization

...Frankfurt Assembly - May 1848-June 1849. German national parliament that tried and failed to create a united German state during the 1848 revolutions. First meeting in May 1848, the convention was populated by middle class civil servants, lawyers, and intellectuals dedicated to liberal reform. However, after drawing the boundaries for a German state and offering the crown to Friedrich Wilhelm, the Kaiser refused in March 1849, dooming hopes for a united, liberal Germany, and the Frankfurt assemb...

Prose Appreciation "The Fly" By Katherine Mansfield

...The photo, while not mentioned as much, represents the innocence the young men had, and then lost in their first year of war. The things they had to do and see robbed them of the boyish innocence they went in with. “The expression was unnatural. It was cold, even stern-looking.” They all were changed by the horrendous happenings that they had to bear witness too. Overall this story sends out a message that everyone has their own way to grieve and everyone will spend different amounts of time...

On keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion

...I know and remember the phrase “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it” and those are words to live by. But for society in general I believe that it should be written down and it is and it is called history. I don’t know who the author is but he or she has been writing it down since man first invented the wheel or a little bit after it, because we have no idea who invented the wheel. But if we remember the past we hope we won’t repeat it, or we will repeat the black plaque, th...

New Historicism: The Wasteland

...Eliot’s The Waste Land offers the reader a close depiction of the social turmoil that the European continent was in following the horrific World War I. Moreover, this poem, in many senses, is a reflection of personal emotions, and as a spiritual quest pertaining to Christian tenets. Any individual would conclude that after experiencing or witnessing horrific war events, a person of any caliber would be experiencing many emotions such as depression, anger, frustration, and fear, to name a few. ...

Graduation speeches

...As I begin, I have to say, I think the best speeches are those that have a great beginning, a memorable end, and not much in between. I will try then to make a great speech. Today is one of those great occasions when we get to celebrate our young people – their achievements, their perseverance and their successes as they grow up. It’s one of the times you can take a break and reflect, feeling good as a parent or a mentor, knowing that the kids you care about are doing just fine and they’re...

Womens Role in WW1

...Women undoubtedly showed their strength and ability to do anything a man can do throughout the war. Women in WW1 took over the jobs of men, volunteered by sewing and knitting for the men at war, campaigned in the streets, all while raising a family alone. Many women even took part in the war as nurses, staff drivers, ambulance drivers etc. Women taking over men’s jobs fueled a major social change in society, their hard work did not go unnoticed and by 1919 all women over 21 had the right to vo...

Comparison of 'Bayonet Charge' and 'Belfast Confetti'

...Both poets use enjambed lines, but Carson’s poem is more chaotic and stuttering because of the caesuras in it, whereas Hughes’s is more fluid. Carson breaks up his lines and has a mixture of short and long lines because they represent the streets being blocked as he tries to get down them. Although Hughes uses caesuras too, the effect is different. Because Carson is using punctuation as a metaphor you notice it more and it is more powerful, whereas in Hughes’s poem the caesuras make it mor...

The arms race and the naval race

...The arms race and the naval race were also a great long term cause of WW1. As one country increased its armies, so all the others felt obliged to increase their armed forces to keep the balance of power. The arms race was clearly being won by Germany with 8.5 million men in 7 years, that is 4.1 million more than Russia, who is in second place. On the whole though, the triple entente (Russia, France and Britain) had more arms than the triple alliance (Italy, Germany and Austro-Hungary). The naval...

Wright Brothers- Invention of Airplane and Its Impacts

...Today, airplanes are used to transport people quickly around for holidays. In the Wright Brothers time, they were not used for this, but they have had a massive impact on how we live today. After a while airplanes were used to fly around the world in a short space of time. It made it easier for more people to experience more places, and the western culture spread quickly around the globe. Because of the Wright Brothers’ invention, the world has been ‘Europeanised’ very quickly. Now many ea...

World War II: The Road to War

...An example is in document 8, it states that “other countries could have intervened by armed force in 1933 to overthrow Hitler when he had come to power” this is saying that if many countries had worked together in the beginning when Hitler first took power (and took over Czechoslovakia) they would have been able to stop him from gaining power. It is clear that many things could have been done by other countries to stop Hitler on his rise to power. World War II spread too many countries becau...

Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact

...The treaty of Versailles caused a depression throughout Germany which helped Hitler rise to power as he used the treaty as a way of justifying his expansionist policies. The Treaty of Versailles contributed greatly to the alienation many Germans felt about their civilian, democratic government, and when these combined with the actions of the military, it provided a rich material for Hitler to use to gain the support of those on the right. People were dissatisfied with the government and voted to...

Indian Nationalism

...As strong as feelings of nationalism were and as brave as leaders like Gandhi were they couldn’t have driven the British out by making India ungovernable because the British knew they couldn’t be driven out by force or otherwise. It is clear that they left of their own accord due to financial political reasons or otherwise. Although it is also worth mentioning that Nationalism did play a huge role in the change in relations since it did indeed spark the match to the road to independence whic...

Causes of World War II

...Adolf Hitler – a charismatic leader who rose to power in Germany during intra-war period. German supported him because they needed a strong leader. He promised higher prices for farmers, jobs for unemployed workers, profits for small businesses and an end to the communist threat for large industrialists. After a year in office, Hitler began a compaign to revise the Versailles Treaty. He declared himself the Third Reich. He withdrew Germany from the League of Nations, renounced the Versailles T...

"Soldier’s Home" Ernest Hemingway

...Hemingway emphasizes this by giving this line its own paragraph. On top of that, the mother claims to know what goes on in a soldier’s mind by saying: “I know the temptations you must have been exposed to… I know what your own dear grandfather, my own father, told us about the Civil War…” on page 5 line 17-20. He cannot find comfort in a society based on the values of his mother and father, only his unspoiled little sister can he communicate with, without being met by demands of civili...

Spies by Michael Frayn

...And, the novel suggests, the desire to hurt can occur even closer to home: “ I have the odd idea … that the crime he’s punishing in me is not mine at all, but one that’s being committed inside his own house.” Spies is funny and disturbing at the same time, a vivid evocation of the terrors of being a child in an adult world – or, for that matter, a child in a child’s world or an adult in an adult’s world. Looking back, the now aged Stephen reflects: “What we did to each other in...

Mock Interview

...As myself, I take every firm and company as a big running machine, and each stuff members are working as a small part and component of this machine. Everyone is involved, and everyone is important as well. In order to make this machine runs, each part and component is indispensable. It may start to running if without some part or component, but it won’t work as well as if everyone is involved. It was a great experience to having an interview with him. The whole interviewing didn’t take too l...

Scared to Death

...It comes to the conclusion that the majority of Americans truly never learned of the influenza epidemic of 1918 and are not aware of the true suffering that the many, many people went through as they sickened day by day and had to fight the airborne virus out there that was creeping around everything and anything as they lived their lives terrified of the true remorse that they felt from the fallen victims of the influenza: family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, children, political figur...

Ateneo Entrance Exam Essay

...I must admit, my writing style does tend to confuse some people. But that’s essentially how I have defined myself as a person, through books, writing and dragons. And to tell you the truth, self-discovery and defining yourself as a person never stops. As the years go by, you will have more experiences, more moments that help you realize that there’s more to you than meets the eye. For me, I’m still pretty young so I still have a long way to go until I can complete my personal definition. I...

Compare the ways Jessie Pope and Wilfred Owen convey the reality of war in their poetry

...The devil is the worst thing a lot of people can think of and especially back then would have been a horrifying thought and for it to be 'sick' of sin would be even worse. He is suggesting that his face looked like the worst thing imaginable and no one should ever have to see that. However although Whos for the Game does not use many similies it does use a lot of metaphors to create a lovely image of this great fun war. It means that she is not exactly telling the truth or she is just creating a...

International organizations

...In response, the Italians sent its navy to the Greek island of Corfu and bombarded the coastline. Greece appealed to the League for help but Italy, lead by Benito Mussolini, persuaded the League via the Conference of Ambassadors, to fine Greece 50 million lire. To follow up this success, Mussolini invited the Yugoslavian government to discuss ownership of Fiume. The Treaty of Versailles had given Fiume to Yugoslavia but with the evidence of a bombarded Corfu, the Yugoslavs handed over the port t...

Compare and Contrast WWI & WWII

...Many people agree that absolutely nothing good came out of the First World War, which I believe is true. The only thing that came out of the First World War was the setting up for the Second World War. One very good thing came out of the Second World War, and that was the United Nations and the Security Council. For once the world had a united body that they could turn to. This has seemed to be working well since we have not had any major wars since World War II. I do feel though that the United...

Life in the Trenches

...So although the conditions for the men who fought in the First World War were horrific, the public did not realize the sacrifices that had been made for their freedom on a daily basis. The suppression of the truth by the British government is a controversial topic that is still debated today. Whether or not the British were justified in preventing the public from knowing the truth it was inevitably disclosed after the wars conclusion. The images seen and the conditions endured plagued on many me...

"Goodbye to all that" By Robert Graves

...After reading this great novel, I disagree with Sassoon, Blunden and Fussell. I don't believe it is a book, "full of inaccuracies and caricature scenes" I think the book is coherent and an excellent read. People wanted to read about the war and "the ingredients" also helped to sell the book. This is why the book was and still is so popular to today. I agree with J.M. Cohen when speaking about the novel as "harshly accurate, it is a direct and factual autobiography." "Goodbye to all that" is a pe...

A Critical Analysis Of "The Send Off" By Wilfred Owen

...In conclusion "The Send Off" by Wilfred Owen starts off as a poem about a sending off ceremony towards the end of the war but in fact goes on much deeper to discuss the differences between what people at home perceive the war to be and the actual realities that the soldiers face at the frontlines. The last stanza hints at healing, and suggests that those few soldiers who do return may wish to do so silently, and not as heroes, and may not wish to discuss the realities and horrors that they have ...

My favourite book

...From my point of view I believe that Remarque showed the serious conflict between extreme idealism and humanity clearly and with a sensible feeling. He described the heroical fighter as a person with feelings. On the other hand, he described the victims of the war, Germans the same as Bolschewists precisely and showed the controversies in the arguments of the National Socialism. To my mind, I think this book is one of the greatest pieces of war literature because it sdoesn't give just an objecti...

Three defining moments in Canadian history

...Canadian dependence on the United States grew with the establishment of the North American Air Defense Command, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and Camp X. Total war industries and workers were put to work for the war effort. The long-awaited and -planned attack on Normandy occurred on D-day, 1944, with an almost never-ending wave of Allied troops, air raids, and warships. It was the largest military operation for Canadians who landed at Juno Beach, and faced underwater obstacles, land mines...

The Use of Animal Imagery in The Wars

...Throughout the novel, Findley finds many uses for the animal imagery. For instance it acts as a beacon of hope, a device for foreshadowing dangers, and a means of revealing Robert's compassion. The diversified use of animal imagery is important in a war novel because the insanity of war only results in the dehumanization of humans into animals. It is therefore fitting that in a place where man and beast are one, "nature will form both the moral and the visionary centre of the novel" (Quaid 408)....

All Quiet on the Western Front: Corruption of Power theme

...The war Wilhelm II creates is not only devastating physically, but instigates what is known as the "lost generation." Paul Baümer describes his experience, being "lost" because of the war. He "will never be able to be [indifferent and hopeless] again. [He] was a soldier, and now [he] is nothing but an agony for [himself]" (Remarque 185). His flourishing life was thrown away in the war and gave way to an indifferent automata, and after his leave, he is emotionally in between war and life, in "N...

Were the British soldiers lions led by donkeys?

...There was also pressure applied on the generals because of politicians. At the beginning of the war, to keep the British public happy the politicians were promising that the war would 'be over by Christmas' and that it would only be a 'quick war'. This put tremendous pressure on the generals who felt they had to comply to these promises that were being made. However it is impossible to secure how long a war will last for, and what military tactics at such an early stage in the war would end the ...

The long range and immediate causes of WWI

...Facing a new unified powerful Germany, European countries such as Russia, France and England, were looking for ways to be stronger since tensions appeared. Two alliances, the Triple Alliance (Germany, Italy and Austria) and the Triple Entente (France, England and Russia) clearly separated Europe in two groups made of powerful countries, which led to an even more destructive world war after new series of crises of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans. Indeed, we could consider these alliances as the...


FAQ about World War I


❓ Why did the US enter WW1

...World War l was avoided by the United States because they did not want to pick sides and spend money but when benefits were being shown and encouragement was given it was unavoidable. America’s late entry caused them to have no destruction to their ...

❓ How does Priestley present the theme of responsibility in "An Inspector Calls"

...Priestley intentionally exaggerates this character to corroborate his own political agenda. Birling’s thoughts towards socialist ideologies about the significance of community is ‘nonsense’ and that “a man has to make his own way”. This ind ...

❓ Which was more important reason for the outbreak of ww1 in 1914? -the arms race -the assassination in Sarajevo

...So Serbia thought the way to get back at them was by assassinating the Archduke Franz Ferdinand during his visit with his wife to Sarajevo, many attempted but it wasn’t until by luck Princip a member of the gang was in the right place at the right ...

❓ How far do you agree with the statement "The Treaty of Versailles Was Unfair for Germany"

...If Austria never colonized Serbia, the Archduke would never be murdered by an assassin and the countries who were ‘allies’ with both countries would never declare war against each other. The setting up of League of Nation was a good idea but if t ...

❓ Why did the US enter World War II late?

...Democratic fundamentals were, in fact, the rallying cry of the Allies. Once the shift occurred from isolationism to intervention, as the war escalated to a point of endangering the United States, war became inevitable. In effect, as the United States ...

❓ Why did Germany lose the First World War in 1918?

...Germany's internal problems pushed Germany's administration and morale to breaking point; combining with the army exhaustion and hit to morale caused by the spring offensive to severely cripple the German war effort. Without the integration of techno ...

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