The final paper will follow the same guidelines as the midterm:
1. You may also turn in a hard copy if you want proof of submission.
2. Choose one of the prompts listed in Section 2 below.
3. Do not answer the same question as, or any similar question to, the midterm.
4. The paper should be 6 to 7 pages in length, not including the works cited.
5. Format your paper with 1 inch margins. The paper should be double spaced. A minimal header with your name and PID is sufficient.
6. Be sure to cite all necessary sources. Please guard against plagiarism by avoiding copying or closely paraphrasing course materials.
7. Be sure to fully answer the question, and stay on topic! Strong papers will propose and support an argument.
9. Points will be deducted for not following instructions.
2 Paper Topics
Please choose one of the following topics:
1. Use the combat contract model to explain the behavior of American soldiers in WWII. Sources: lectures and Kindsvatter.
2. Explain the role of leadership in WWII, Korea, or Vietnam. Sources: lectures and Kindsvatter.
3. Explain the role of automaticity in combat compliance in WWII in the island battles of the Pacific. Sources: lectures and Kindsvatter.
4. Explain wars of retribution, refusal, and aggression. Sources: Fromkin (for Serbia) and
5. Although the U.S. was not a part of the European System in WWII, it focused primarily on Nazi Germany. Use structural theory to explain U.S. behavior. Sources: lectures and Kindsvatter.
6. Does combat cohesion explain combat compliance or enable combat compliance? Sources: lectures and Kindsvatter.
7. Explain combat compliance and apply it to Union soldiers and U.S. combat soldiers in WWI, or Korea, or Vietnam. Sources: lectures and Kindsvatter.
8. Could any major power in 1914 have made a credible commitment capable of preventing systemic war? Sources: lectures and Fromkin.
9. How does mass conscription affect the ability of a major power to fight and win war? Source: lectures.
10. Explain the division of labor between fighters and producers. Sources: lectures and Fromkin.
11. Use the balance of power (population, resources, and domestic commitment) to explain the origins or outcomes of any one of the following wars: WWI, WWII, the Cold War. Sources: lectures, Kindsvatter, Fromkin, McPherson.
12. Use the friends and family effect to explain combatant behavior in three wars (for example, Serbia 1914; U.S.S.R 1944-45; and the U.S., Japan, and Germany in WWII). Sources: lectures, Kindsvatter, Fromkin, McPherson.