- What is Zionism? How does it differ from nationalism? (or does it?)
- Critics of the modern state of Israel argue, among other things, that it is an imperialist outpost of the United States. What evidence might support such an argument? What evidence might refute it?
- Who are the Palestinians?
- How did Yugoslavia come into existence? What held it together in the post-War world? Why did it fall apart?
- Throughout the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century, China seemed to be falling apart. Yet in a relatively short time after the Communist revolution, it emerged as a world power able to challenge both the Soviet Union and the United States. How was this possible?
- Today, China seems poised to replace the United States as the world’s greatest power. What do you think would be the consequences of such a change? (note: You will have to answer this question without help from the textbook or from me. This question calls for your own insight)
This semester we have studied state-building in England/Great Britain (which was covered on the first exam), France, Prussia, and Russia, focusing much attention on important rulers such as France’s Louis XIV, Prussia’s Frederick William the Great Elector, Frederick William I, Frederick II (“the Great”); and Russia’s Ivan IV (“the Terrible”), Peter I (“the Great”), and Catherine ii (“the Great”). Among these rulers, select the three you consider the most successful in the task of creating a strong state; rank them as 1, 2, and 3; and explain the reasons for your selections in terms of the quality of leadership each provided and his/her achievements. Finally, what obstacles did each of your choices have to overcome in order to create a strong monarchy?